New Online Safety Bill Signed in California

Michael Angee, Life Editor

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill that requires apps and sites to install the equivalent of seatbelts and airbags for users under the age of 18. The California State Senate passed the bill unanimously with 33 votes in favor and zero against.

The bill, filed under the name AB-2273, requires online platforms to take into consideration the well-being and mental health of children accessing the internet, according to the Office of Governor Gavin Newson’s website. 

AB-2273 restricts companies that provide online services, features and products that are likely to be accessed by a child from using a child’s personal information in the form of selling, collecting or retaining geolocation. It also prohibits companies from encouraging children from providing personal information. 

The bill requires that privacy information, terms of service, policies and standards are easily accessible and upheld.