48 U.C.D. L. Rev. 1173 (2014-2015)
SB 568: Does California's Online Eraser Button Protect the Privacy of Minors

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                            NOTE


     SB 568: Does California's Online

  Eraser Button Protect the Privacy of

                          Minors?

                            James Lee*

  In late 2013, the California legislature passed SB 568 to increase privacy
protections for minors on the Internet. Dubbed the online eraser button,
this legislation provides minors in California with a legally protected right
to permanently remove personally posted content from websites and other
online services. Proponents of the legislation suggest that this would protect
the academic and professional reputation of minors in California.
  Under the dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, courts
prohibit states from passing legislation that improperly burdens or
discriminates against interstate commerce. This Note argues that the online
eraser violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The online eraser would
impose significant burdens on websites and other online services hosted
outside of California, while providing minimal benefits to minors in
California. This Note concludes by briefly discussing alternative methods to
protect the privacy of minors on the Internet.

                        TABLE OF CONTENTS
IN TRO D U CTIO N  .................................................................................  1175
   1. BACKGROUND - DORMANT COMMERCE CLAUSE ................... 1178
      A. Dormant Commerce Clause Jurisprudence ....................... 1178
      B. Additional Dormant Commerce Clause Considerations .... 1179
      C. The Dormant Commerce Clause and the Internet ............. 1181


      Copyright  2015 James Lee. J.D. Candidate, UC Davis School of Law, 2015; B.S.
Managerial Economics, UC Davis, 2010. Thanks to Kimmy Court, Chris Gorman, Wei
Li, and Sara Popovich for their comments and editorial assistance. Thanks also to
Professor Afra Afsharipour for providing advice as I wrote this Note. Above all, thanks
to my parents for their encouragement and support.


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