Social Media Firms Hope Outcome on Privacy Bill Floor Vote Goes Their Way

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011 - The California Senate Committee on Judiciary voted on May 10 to adopt SB 242, a bill that would prohibit social networking sites from displaying certain information without the express agreement of the user. The bill was ordered to a third reading on May 17, the last step before a measure is considered on the floor.

Looking at contributions across the entire Senate, interest groups that opposed the bill have given more in campaign contributions than interest groups that supported the bill. The opposite was true for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who recently voted on the bill.

The measure was supported by the California State Sheriffs’ Association and opposed by Internet giants such as eHarmony, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo! as well as business groups such as the California Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Based on the May 10 Judiciary Committee vote:

Includes reported contributions to campaigns of senators in office from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010. Contributions data source: