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Facebook fights California privacy push

Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | May 17, 2011
California is considering legislation that would tighten Facebook's privacy practices, and the social network is not happy about it.

Kerravala said if the law passes in California, other states will soon follow suit, adding that he wouldn't be surprised to see federal legislation in the future.

"Some of this seems smart and a good idea, like making the default initial settings lean more private than public," Olds said. "But other pieces of the law make less sense ... State-by-state regulation of anything online is very problematic. The very nature of online commerce or interaction makes state borders irrelevant."

He added that if Facebook pulls out all the stops to kill SB 242, the company might have a good chance of at least getting the legislation watered down.

 

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