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September 2022: California Passes Bill for Social Media Protections for Minors 

14 Sep


Update Applicable to: 

All businesses that provide online services or products in the state of California.

What happened?

On August 30, 2022, the California senate passed Assembly Bill 2273 (AB 2273), which, if signed by Governor Newsom, will increase data privacy and protection standards.

What are the details? 

Effective July 1, 2024, AB 2273 will apply to “businesses” which are for-profit organizations that do business in California and: (1) have revenue of more than $25 million or (2) derive 50% or more of their annual revenue from selling consumer’s personal information, or (3) buys/receives for commercial purposes the personal information of more than 50,000 consumers/households/devices. In summary, AB 2273 requires:

  • Default privacy settings: Companies must configure default privacy settings to the highest possible level of privacy and provide private information and other policies that children can understand prominently.
  • No use of minor’s personal information: Companies will be banned from using children’s personal information “for any reason other than a reason for which the personal information was collected unless the business can demonstrate a compelling reason that use of the personal information is in the best interests of children,” according to the legislation.
  • Attorney General’s authority: AB 2273 permits the Attorney General to seek an injunction or civil penalty against companies that violate the bill. According to the bill, negligent violations could result in a penalty of up to $2,500 per affected child, and intentional violations could result in a penalty of up to $7,500 per affected child. Currently, the bill does not provide a private right of action.

In sum, the bill: 

(1) Increases technology regulation; 

(2) Aims to provide more online privacy protections for minors; and 

(3) Will cause companies to increase privacy, legal, and engineering resources to meet the bill’s requirements.

The bill has been sent to Governor Newsom and is currently awaiting signage.

For more information, please see the links below:

Assembly Bill 2273 (AB 2273)

Article 1 – Article 2

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and adjust their data privacy policies to comply with the law come July 1, 2024, if Governor Newsom signs.

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