Clinic Students Draft Internet Privacy Bill
On Tuesday, May 6, the California State Assembly will consider a bill drafted by the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology and Public Policy aimed at safeguarding anonymous communications on the Internet. The bill, AB 1143, will help protect the privacy and First Amendment rights of individuals who have posted a controversial remark about a company or individual on the Web.
Currently, company officials who feel damaged by an anonymous Internet posting can file a civil case in court and subpoena the individual’s Internet service provider for his or her name and other identifying information. This can occur without the individual knowing anything about the case until their information has already been released and they have been brought to court. The clinic’s bill would allow individuals to be informed earlier about the actions being taken against them, giving them adequate time to mount a legal defense.
The clinic began working on the draft legislation in August. The bill is being sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Simitian '77 (D-Palo Alto). For more information, please view a copy of the press release or contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.