City law would ban texting ... while walking?

State and local governments are considering new regulations on use of technology, including increasing privacy protections on social networking sites and banning text messaging while crossing the street.

The Honolulu City Council has taken the first steps toward banning pedestrians from sending cell-phone text messages or reading an iPad while crossing the street, Honolulu Star Advertiser's B.J. Reyes reports. In fact, the ban could apply to anyone holding the devices when making those crossings.

The city council cleared the measure, Bill 43, on May 11, Reyes writes, although it has to go through a couple more steps before passing. It would amend the city’s hands-free driving law, extending it to pedestrians.

The California legislature is considering a bill to require social networking sites to change their privacy protection policies. The Internet industry opposes the bill that would allow users to choose their privacy settings to establish which information would be public, Wyatt Buchanan writes in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Under the bill, users could choose their privacy settings when they register to join a site instead of after they join, the Chronicle reports.

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