New California Law Gives Teen’s Online “Eraser Button”

Governor Jerry Brown signed a law on Monday giving an online “eraser button” for minors requiring websites to allow them to remove postings from that website. This bill is a step towards privacy rights in California. This law is to help online bullying, embarrassment and harm to college and job applications. Kaplan took a survey of college admission counselors and roughly 25 percent looked at applicants social networking and 35 percent said what they found negatively affected admissions chances.

This forces all media sites with users in California to allow underage users to delete posts, photos, and comments. Along with this it prohibits youth-oriented sites from advertising age-restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco. This law is supported by Children NOW, Common Sense Media, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Crime Victims United and California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. This law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.