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Technology Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online

23:26  09 january  2020
23:26  09 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Senate Democrats propose sweeping data privacy bill

  Senate Democrats propose sweeping data privacy bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a broad federal data privacy law that would allow people to see what information companies have collected on them and demand that it be deleted. But the bill is likely to face bipartisan challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington is leading the effort. The bill, called the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, is similar to one set to take effect in California in January. But the federal bill would largely leave that and other state laws in place — a move that is certain to face opposition from the technology industry, which has been calling for a single federal data privacy law.

"This bill will enable experts to conduct critical research that will inform parents and policymakers about how best to protect American children's The move comes as a number of tech companies are introducing both more rigorous parental controls and more options for users to manage or limit the

“ Many parents are unaware that their kids ’ Internet activities are being monitored by websites and sold to advertisers,” said Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in a press release in support of the bill . “Our common-sense, bipartisan bill is about returning privacy to children and giving parents a tool to control the

House lawmakers have introduced new legislation that attempts to modernize the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Dubbed the "Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today," or PROTECT Kids act for short, Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) sponsored the bipartisan bill.

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If Congress enacts the bill, online services, websites and apps will need to give parents the ability to delete any personal information related to their children. That's a power that COPPA, in its current form, doesn't provide parents. The legislation also aims to raise the age at which companies can collect data from an individual without parental consent from 13 to 16, in addition to broadening COPPA's protections to include mobile apps, as well as geolocation and biometric data. When it comes to sites such as Facebook, this means kids won't be able to create an account until they're 16 or older.

Senate Democrats propose sweeping data privacy bill

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WASHINGTON – Senators introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give Americans greater power to protect their online privacy. The bill by the two Senate Judiciary Committee members would give consumers the ability to disable data tracking and collection on Internet sites.

One, it gives parents political power . The Parent Empowerment Act provides parents a platform to engage in The more involved a parent is in their child's education, the greater chance that Third, parent empowerment is a bipartisan issue. Today, as we are surrounded by partisan bickering on so

"In the past, predators and perpetrators sought to harm our children by lurking near schoolyards and playgrounds, but now — due to incredible advancements in technology — they are able to stalk our children through their mobile devices and in video game lobbies," said Representative Walberg.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act came into national focus last year when Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine to settle allegations YouTube had illegally collected data from children under the age of 13. The company had reportedly obtained that data without telling parents or getting consent from them. Earlier this week, the company started rolling out new tools to allow YouTube creators to flag videos that they've made explicitly for kids.

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TikTok's new safety features put parents in charge of screen time, direct messages .
More ways to keep the kids safe while making videos.Family Safety Mode lets parents link their account to their kid's account. Once connected, a parent can set a designated amount of time allowed on the app per day, limit who can send direct messages or turn them off altogether, and restrict the kind of content their children can access.

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