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    Markey, Barton, Kirk, Rush Introduce ‘Do Not Track Kids’ Act

    Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) have introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013, a bill to protect the privacy of children, in both the House and Senate. (The bill is here (pdf) and a summary is here (pdf).) Here’s more from the press release:

    The bills (S. 1700 and H.R. 3481), which amends the historic Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), will extend, enhance and update the provisions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of children’s personal information and establishes new protections for personal information of children and teens. Currently, COPPA covers children age 12 and younger, and it requires operators of commercial websites and online services directed to children 12 and younger to abide by various privacy safeguards as they collect, use, or disclose personal information about kids. Among several provisions, the Do Not Track Kids Act would extend protection to teens ages 13 to 15 by prohibiting Internet companies from collecting personal and location information from teens without their consent and would create an “Eraser Button” so parents and children could eliminate publicly available personal information content, when technologically feasible. […]

    The “Do Not Track Kids” Act strengthens privacy protections for children and teens by:

    • Prohibiting Internet companies from collecting personal and location information from anyone under 13 without parental consent and anyone 13 to 15 years old without the user’s consent;
    • Requiring consent of the parent or teen prior to sending targeted advertising to children and teens;
    • Establishing a “Digital Marketing Bill of Rights for Teens” that limits the collection of personal information of teens, including geo-location information of children and teens;
    • Creating an “Eraser Button” for parents and children by requiring companies to permit users to eliminate publicly available personal information content when technologically feasible; and
    • Requiring online companies to explain the types of personal information collected, how that information is used and disclosed, and the policies for collection of personal information. […]

    The Do Not Track Kids Act is sponsored in the House by Reps. Cassidy, Farenthold, Cohen, DeLauro, Ellison, Norton, Schakowsky, Tierney, and Tsongas.

    More information on how families can get engaged in this debate and tell policymakers what kind of protections they want to prevent the industry from violating the privacy of kids and teens can be found at

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