Facebook’s former chief privacy officer is bankrolling an anti-human trafficking ballot measure that would dramatically expand how California monitors sex offenders.
The initiative – called the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act [PDF] – would toughen penalties for sex trafficking and add those convicted of the crime to the state’s sex offender registry. Most significantly, it also would require all registered offenders to surrender their “Internet identifiers” to law enforcement, including user names and email accounts.
“Every girl sold on the street today is also being sold on the Internet,” said Daphne Phung, executive director of the advocacy group California Against Slavery.
Chris Kelly, the former Facebook executive, has contributed $1.6 million to the initiative since December, according to campaign finance filings. That amount is 94 percent of all donations.
The spending marks Kelly’s return to campaign politics after a failed bid for state attorney general in 2010. He finished third in the Democratic primary despite spending millions of dollars of his own money.
In that race, Facebook’s spotty history on user privacy and safety opened Kelly to questions about how he’d protect Californians as residents move more of their lives onto digital networks.