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May 31, 2011 > Corbett vows to continue fight for Internet privacy protections

Corbett vows to continue fight for Internet privacy protections

Submitted By Office of Senator Ellen M. Corbett

Senate Bill 242, the Social Networking Privacy Act, failed to clear the Senate on May 27, 2011. The bill, which needs 21 votes to pass, received 16 votes in favor and 16 against.

"I think we have a great chance of passage still. I hope as members continue to hear from their constituents and from people all over the state of California, that people really do care about their privacy and that many senators will rethink their position," said Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro).

"We know, thanks to a Consumer Reports' poll, that 93 percent of the public believes it should be asked permission before providing private information on the internet.

"Pretty much everyone in law enforcement who cares about these issues - identity theft and predators following children and having inappropriate contact - supports this bill and believes it is an important step to improve the safety and security of using the internet.

"The bottom line is SB 242 offers simple, straightforward and sensible protection of personal information when using social networking sites."

For more information, visit Senator Corbett's website at www.sen.ca.gov/corbett

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