Twitter has added its voice to a long list of tech companies that have shouted a resounding “no way!” at California law makers who proposed a privacy bill that would specifically target social networks. The companies submitted a formal letter of opposition to the bill, which included arguments that it was unconstitutional, it would damage the economy, and it would negatively impact social network users.
As All Things D reports, Twitter is one of a large group of tech companies – which also includes Facebook, Google, Zynga, Match.com and Skype – that sent a letter opposing a proposed California law that would change how your privacy is handled on social networks.
The bill would require social networks to be private by default, with users choosing all of their privacy options upon signing up.
The group of tech companies opposing this bill say that there are a number of problems with this legislation and that it shouldn’t pass.
Specifically, they say that forcing users to choose all privacy options when signing up would result in broad privacy settings not tailored to an individual’s experience or a particular aspect of that social network. They also explain that users are already comfortable with setting their own privacy options after sign-up.
Additionally, they suggest that by implementing this law on Californian social network users, the state would see negative economic repercussions as many social networking companies are based in California.
And finally, they claim the bill is unconstitutional and that it goes against freedom of speech. According to the letter, users would be unable to freely speak on all subjects when initially signing up for the service, because it would require that all of their information be hidden from other users until they made the conscious decision to show it.
The arguments are interesting, and I suspect this bill will reignite the privacy debate online. What’s good for the users might not be good for business, and what’s good for lawmakers might not be good for either.
You can read the entire letter at All Things D.
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