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RB Tech Camp 3.JPGCut to the chase.

That's the message from Assemblyman Ed Chau to Web sites that require prospective users to scroll through page after page of privacy policy before they can register and view content.

The Monterey Park Democrat proposed legislation this week to require web sites that collect personal information to make their privacy policies short, sweet - and simple.

Lengthy legalese keeps many consumers from understanding such policies, he said.

"I think many privacy policies actually create a false sense of privacy for the average consumer," Chau said. "They're just so long that people skip over them and click 'accept' without knowing what they're signing onto."

Assembly Bill 242 would require Internet privacy policies to be written at an eighth-grade reading level, use concise wording, and to include a statement indicating what personal information is collected and how it is used.

AB 242 would limit privacy policies to 100 words. Chau practices what he preaches.

His bill is 64 words long.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dominick Lee, 12, works on an audio project with a laptop at John Still Middle School in south Sacramento on Thursday, June 30, 2011. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee file, 2011


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