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New CA law would allow minors to scrub online posts

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A new law making its way through California would require any website to allow those under 18 to remove comments, pictures or posts if they so choose. The bill would go into law by mid-October and could be the model for other states to follow.

"I think [the law] is a good idea," said ninth-grader Israel Olguin. 

Israel says he often sees out of place internet posts he knows will come back and haunt whoever posted them.

"A lot of random stuff that people are posting out there. If you're applying for a job and the people see that you wrote something negative, they might not take you under consideration," he continued.

Michael Hayes, the owner of Momentum Specialized Staffing, says employees often check online before making a decision about an applicant.

"You can basically do a simple Google search on people if you want to," he explained. 

However, Hayes says it's hard to find young people who haven't made inappropriate comments or posts online.

"You'd have to throw out  90 percent of the younger generation if you were going through their Instagram, Facebook and stuff like that," he said. 

CBS 5 wanted to know if this law would even work, so we asked Data Doctor Ken Colburn. Colburn said it would be hard to enforce since you can't ever truly delete your online indiscretions.

"There is almost no chance that was the only copy of that in the social media world," Colburn explained about posts and pictures.

The bill is sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. If he doesn't sign it by mid-October, it becomes law.

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