Facebook And Google Team Up To Oppose Privacy Legislation

largeThere may be bad blood after last week’s revelation that Facebook has been trying secretly to inject smear stories about Google into the media, but the two internet giants can join together on the most important issues, writes the Atlantic Wire:

Facebook, Google, Twitter, Skype and others cosigned a letter “strongly opposing” a bill introduced by California State Senator Ellen Corbett that would force sites to explain privacy settings in “plain language.”

Her recently introduced Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242) would require a notice before users hand over their personal information to a site. In Sen. Corbett’s own words, “You shouldn’t have to sign in and give up your personal information before you get to the part where you say, ‘Please don’t share my personal information.” The bill would also grant parents the right to request photos or text be removed from any of their children’s social networking pages within 48 hours.

Calling the bill “unnecessary” the letter from Facebook, Google and the other tech giants details how the bill would damage business for the California technology sector and violate the Constitutions of both the United States and California based on First Amendment rights. With a $10,000 fine for each violation, the bill could certainly have some repercussions on the companies’ bottom lines. What a turnaround for the infamously censor-happy Facebook to start defending free speech.

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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Its funny because you know they wouldn’t be opposing the new laws unless they knew they were already doing the things that would become illegal…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Its funny because you know they wouldn’t be opposing the new laws unless they knew they were already doing the things that would become illegal…

    • SF2K01

      What they’re doing might even be legal, you freely gave them your info (you shouldn’t have but you did) and what they can do with it depends on their privacy policy (enforced at their discretion), but it’s not ethical. That’s why they are against the legislation, they want to keep the laws which didn’t previously encompass their unethical usage of your information.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it passes F*#k facebook and google for trying to take control of other peoples info and not giving us the right to know what they’re doing with it. 

  • MrPINKi

    I hope it passes F*#k facebook and google for trying to take control of other peoples info and not giving us the right to know what they’re doing with it. 

  • nunzio x

    Do I need to remind anyone that Google and Facebook are “of the devil?”

  • nunzio x

    Do I need to remind anyone that Google and Facebook are “of the devil?”

  • Anonymous

    Wait wait wait, let me get this straight. Companies built around getting all your information and using it are against legislation that would prevent them from doing what they want? Stop the presses! Next thing they’ll be telling us fast food is against legislation to push healthier eating habits.

  • SF2K01

    Wait wait wait, let me get this straight. Companies built around getting all your information and using it are against legislation that would prevent them from doing what they want? Stop the presses! Next thing they’ll be telling us fast food is against legislation to push healthier eating habits.

  • Navysealteam7

    We need to mob together and go give Facebook and Google a old school beat-down that these b*tches won’t forget 

  • Navysealteam7

    We need to mob together and go give Facebook and Google a old school beat-down that these b*tches won’t forget 

  • Anonymous

    What they’re doing might even be legal, you freely gave them your info and what they can do with it depends on their privacy policy (enforced at their discretion), but it’s not ethical. 

  • spamratings

    It is worrying that online giants like Facebook and Google are so opposed new online privacy legislation which says to define online privacy in plain language!

    People against the ease of understanding always worry me and I put up defence barriers. I would recommend doing the same. One easy way is to not give out your personal data instead use linking services like temporary email address. They are easier to use than you might think: http://www.spamratings.com/consumers/the-cleanzer-tour

  • Anonymous

    It is worrying that online giants like Facebook and Google are so opposed new online privacy legislation which says to define online privacy in plain language!

    People against the ease of understanding always worry me and I put up defence barriers. I would recommend doing the same. One easy way is to not give out your personal data instead use linking services like temporary email address. They are easier to use than you might think: http://www.spamratings.com/consumers/the-cleanzer-tour

  • msdisenchanted

    Where does the $10,000 dollar fine end up, once paid?  Does it go to our state, county, local treasury?  Or does the person, (the customer/user) who signed into the violating site enjoy the rewards of this hefty penalty? 
    Can this rule be applied to the host of now outsourced/relocated/corporate offices and operations?  

  • msdisenchanted

    Where does the $10,000 dollar fine end up, once paid?  Does it go to our state, county, local treasury?  Or does the person, (the customer/user) who signed into the violating site enjoy the rewards of this hefty penalty? 
    Can this rule be applied to the host of now outsourced/relocated/corporate offices and operations?  

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