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California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

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"We're taking aggressive action in California to protect the health and well-being of our kids," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that heralded the new law as "bipartisan landmark legislation" aimed at protecting the well-being, data and privacy

Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

California will adopt a broad new approach to protecting children online after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday that could transform how many social networks, games and other services treat minors.

Despite opposition from the tech industry, the State Legislature unanimously approved the bill at the end of August. It is the first state statute in the nation requiring online services likely to be used by youngsters to install wide-ranging safeguards for users under 18.

Among other things, the measure will require sites and apps to curb the risks that certain popular features — like allowing strangers to message one another — may pose to younger users. It will also require online services to turn on the highest privacy settings by default for children.

From The New York Times
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