Many kids on social media think it’s funny to post pics of themselves nursing a bong while underage or post hatefully about topics that cause a significant social stir. These gems may be funny for their friends at the time, but as they get older and being to reflect on their choices, some kids regret their actions, but as we know, what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet.
Luckily, as SFGate reports, a new law in California will eventually allow minors to erase the content that they posted in their immaturity and clear the skeletons in their closets that may come to haunt them down the road. The law, signed by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, says that any Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application must allow underage users to delete their own data — or at least be easily able to request that it be removed.
The law will not apply to adults who wish to go back and delete content they posted as minors, and it only affects kids currently 18 years and under.
Two other loopholes worth noting are that sites are not obligated to delete content from their internal servers, but they are required to block this information from being accessed. Also, if some third party has reported something or taken a screenshot of a piece of information that a minor has requested be deleted or blocked, the copies are not necessarily protected.
Also, if a minor is, say, photographed by a friend at a party doing drugs, they cannot request that this content be deleted or blocked because they are not the content owner. This should serve as a major caveat to teens even before this law is passed, but especially now.
Moms, we want to know how you feel about this new law that allows your kid to erase his or her shady past. Is this a good idea, or does it feed into a whole other problem?