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    Washington Post: Lawmakers push for children’s online privacy

    The Washington Post reports on a movement in Congress for legislation to protect kids’ online privacy:

    Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said Thursday that amid the many proposals for online privacy laws, the first step should be protecting children.

    But even though most lawmakers agree that young Internet users should have clear protections of their privacy, experts say current proposals will be difficult to turn into laws.

    “We need a comprehensive approach to privacy, and it may be appropriate to start by updating the rules protecting children online,” said Eshoo, ranking member of House subcommittee on communications and technology. […]

    Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who also said protecting children should be a priority, have introduced a “do not track” bill for them. It also aims to create privacy rules that require Web site companies to inform users how they deal with data on teens. And the bill requires an “eraser button” that would allow parents to delete data on minors.

    The Federal Trade Commission is also exploring updates to privacy laws aimed at children and is taking into account, for the first time, how data collection affects teenagers. […]

    The White House has supported first-time privacy laws. But experts say ahead of the presidential election, passing a new law this year and even in 2012 will be difficult.

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