Despite opposition from Internet firms including Facebook and Google, the California Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require social networking sites to remove identifying information about teens and younger children from their pages if their parents request it.
The measure by Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) would subject Internet firms to fines of $10,000 per offense if they fail, within 96 hours, to remove identifying information about minors whose parents demand it, and to take down information about adults at their own request.
“This bill is designed to protect individuals, including minors, from criminal acts, including identity theft, stalking, kidnapping and assault,” Corbett said on the Senate floor. She noted that it has strong support from law enforcement officials, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
The bill would require companies to remove minors’ information -- including addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and their mother’s maiden name -- when parents request it. The bill was sent to the Assembly with a 23-10 vote, with most opposition coming from Republicans including Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine.