Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Our Laws_Your Life’. In this posting we take a look at a forthcoming law that showers forgiveness on the impulses of youth.
Kids say the darnedest things. But it’s one thing to hear it in passing and another to read it online where it may be archived forever. Come January 1 2015, California Senate Bill 568 will require social media sites and apps to instruct youths under 18 how they can delete content they’ve created. Thirty-party uploaded material and content which has been subpoenaed will be excluded. This bill also bars online sites that cater to minors from advertising cigarettes, alcohol, tanning beds and spray paints.
A recent Slate.com post labels 568 the ‘Internet Erasure Law.’ Author Katy Waldman argues that some of the content. such as Facebook likes are constitutionally-protected speech and may make the path to this new law’s enforcement a slippery slope. She also speculates whether Bill 568 will regretfully shield kids from that overarching life lesson – that their actions have consequences.
Rest assured, no matter how this bill plays out, many adults, given to an impulsive rant or two on the Net, will be very envious that they won’t have the same ‘white-out’ tool at their disposal.