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  •  This seems like it'll be damn hard to enforce. (5+ / 0-)
    California's "eraser button" law will require this policy for all websites with users in the state.
    So if I've got a no-name blog that lets users comment, and one of my commenters is from California, I have to implement an entirely new technology just to comply with California law? Since I'm not a California resident, how would the California authorities enforce that directive?

    Also, this seems really restrictive:

    The new law also prohibits youth-oriented websites or those that know they have users who are minors from advertising products that are illegal to underagers, such as guns, alcohol and tobacco.
    How do they define "youth-oriented websites," exactly? Would Facebook count? Twitter? Tumblr?

    And why are they singling out only websites? Television stations have a pretty good idea of what demographics are watching their shows, and I strongly doubt that there isn't a single person under 18 watching Sunday afternoon football—which has at least one spot for beer in every commercial break. Many magazines also advertise alcoholic beverages, despite surely being aware that there are people under 18 who pick those magazines up and read them.

    Why is it that website owners are singled out, where if they even know that minors are reading their site they can't advertise certain products, while other media are only restricted if they're targeting under-18's?

    I predict that if these laws are actually enforceable and enforced, the end result will be that virtually every major website will either change their Terms of Use to indicate that they are only for users above the age of 18, or implement an age-check menu (like on websites for alcoholic products) to provide them with plausible deniability.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 02:07:07 PM PDT

    •  Your first point is why the law will fail. (0+ / 0-)

      California cannot legislate state law which necessarily requires other states to comply with that law. Sovereignty and all that.

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      by Bud Fields on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 02:15:42 AM PDT

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