Oct 292010
 
 October 29, 2010  Laws, Online

Daniel Adair writes:

In a network as large as Facebook’s, with a site built to allow users to share personal and intimate details about themselves, it is no surprise that privacy is a primary concern. The company has made more than a handful of statements addressing privacy concerns and assuring users that their privacy is foremost of its priorities — which is why some might be surprised to hear the website spent over $6,600 to lobby California’s government against the Social Network Privacy Act.

Facebook’s recent filing for state taxes revealed that some lobbying expenses were specifically incurred to fight against the California bill, which would require social networking web sites to not display the address or phone number of minors. The bill passed the state Senate in April but failed to pass in the state Assembly.

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