California passes celebrity privacy law

  • New laws passed in California this week mean that young adults would be able to enjoy more privacy, especially if their parents are famous personalities. 

    Gov. Jerry Brown approved one law, according to which, Internet companies would have to get rid of a minor's content if they requested it. Supporters of the law said they believe this would enable teenagers to erase embarrassing content that could haunt them when they are adults. However, critics have mentioned that the makers of the law don't seem to understand the way the Internet works and it could result in unintended consequences. 

    Gregory Ferenstein at TechCrunch predicted a "head-on collision between privacy law and the First Amendment." and said the law doesn't make much sense. 

    Another law passed by Brown considers it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape children of celebrities or public officials. The guilty could face up to a year in jail. 

    Hollywood supported the bill but it was unsurprisingly, opposed by newspapers and broadcasters. 

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