Sens. Markey, Hawley Drop COPPA Update Bill

Privacy issues

Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Tuesday introduced legislation that would update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which became law in 1998 and regulates the ability of website and online service providers to collect information about users under the age of 13. The update bill introduced this week, the senators said, would prohibit internet companies from collecting personal and location information from anyone under 13 without parental consent, and from anyone aged 13-15 without the user’s consent. It also would create the right for children and parents to delete personal information, and would establish at the Federal Trade Commission a Youth Privacy and Marketing Division which would address privacy and marketing issues regarding children and minors.

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