John Pastor We’ve all done or said stupid things online at some point or another. But if you’re a Californian under 18, you’ll soon have the right to delete those stupid things. California has put into place the first state law that requires companies, websites, and app developers to give kids under the age of 18 the option to delete a post.

The law (SB 568), which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday and takes effect on January 1, 2015, imposes onto Web companies and app makers this new requirement. Those firms now must: Provide clear instructions to a minor who is a registered user of the operator’s Internet website, online service, online application, or mobile application on how the user may remove or, if the operator prefers, request and obtain the removal of content or information posted on the operator’s Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application.

The law has received praise from its primary sponsor. 0     

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