A California bill seeking to give minors the right to delete questionable posts, images, videos and other materials they post online was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. The so-called eraser provision is part of a broader bill, SB 568, which limits online marketing to kids.
Proponents say the measure gives kids a chance to keep what they do online from causing damage in real life; horror stories abound of people who have lost out on job opportunities because of ill-advised photos or comments they posted on the internet years before. Opponents, though, worry that the bill would be too difficult to enforce and might have the unintended effect of further putting a young person's privacy at risk.
Some websites like Facebook and Twitter already give users that option. The law, the first of its kind to pass in the country, now requires all websites to do the same for minors in California.
Joni Lupovitz, Vice President of Policy at Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based media and technology advocacy group that pushed for the law.