Published by LawTechie - April 12, 2013 - LawTechie

Internet lawA new bill introduced in the California State Senate would require social networking sites like Facebook to permanently remove the personally identifying information of any user who makes a request to do so.  SB-501 Social networking Internet Web sites: privacy: minors.(2013-2014).

The bill defines social networking sites as:

an Internet Web-based service that allows an individual to construct a public or partly public profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom the individual shares a connection, and view and traverse his or her list of connections and those made by others in the system.

And personally identifying information is defined as:

a person’s name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, social security number, employee identification number, mother’s maiden name, demand deposit account number, savings account number, or credit card number.

Notwithstanding the additional “burdens” imposed on social networking providers, it has always been the opinion of yours truly that it is good privacy policy practice to allow users to delete their PI with or without state or federal laws mandating companies to honor such wishes. But for those companies who do not have this mechanism in place… heads up.

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