Here’s How the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 Would Protect Kids and Teens Online:• Eraser Button: This bill would require website operators to have an “eraser button” feature that enables users 15 and under to remove content that they posted (to the extent technologically feasible). • Opt-in for Behavioral Marketing: This bill would require companies to get parental consent for children under 13 and consent from teens aged 13-15 in order to send targeted advertising to them. • Opt-in for Collection of Personal and Location Information: This bill would require companies to get parental consent for children under 13 and consent from teens aged 13-15 in order to collect their personal and location information. • Digital Marketing Bill of Rights for Teens: This bill would empower teens aged 13-15 with a new set of protections, including limiting the amount of personal information companies collect and retain about them and promoting security safeguards for their personal information. • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Updates: This bill would reinforce the Federal Trade Commission’s recent updates to the COPPA Rule, to strengthen privacy protections for children under 13 in the online, mobile, and social networking ecosystems.
Take action:If you believe policymakers should take action to protect kids’ and teens’ online privacy, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to become a cosponsor of the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 (senate bill: S. 1700 and house bill: H.R. 3481). Find contact information for your senators and representative online or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected.
Let your legislators know it is important that kids and teens are protected online, and that we need to give families choice and control over online tracking and targeting.H.R. 3481 and S. 1700
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Organizations Supporting Do Not Track Kids:American Academy of Pediatrics American Family Association Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood “This important legislation will empower parents to protect children against the increasingly sophisticated surveillance used by online marketers,” - Dr. Susan Linn, Director, CCFC Center for Digital Democracy Communication Workers of America Consumer Federation of America Consumer Watchdog Consumers Union “This is pro-consumer legislation that would help strengthen online protections for teens and children. Parents would be given more control over the personal information that online companies collect from their kids. It would also provide better web tools for deleting photos and other information that teens and children post online. This is a common-sense measure for helping families navigate the Internet.” Delara Derakhshani, Policy Counsel Conversation Media Electronic Privacy Information Center Islamic Society of North America Massachusetts Medical Society National Collaboration for Youth Parent Teacher Association Safe Communications, Inc. “We are delighted that this important legislation, designed to protect our most precious asset and future - our kids, has been reintroduced by Congressman Barton and Senator Markey. Hopefully this bipartisan effort will succeed during this session of Congress .” United Church of Christ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Virtual World Computing Voices of America’s Children
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