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Congress Advances Bill That Would Weaken Consumer Protections for You and Your Kids

Common Sense opposes HR 5510, an "Against Kids" bill that would hurt the consumer interests of kids and families.

While many feel like Congress can't get anything done lately, it did find time before going on summer recess to support a bill that would hurt consumers. On July 14, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced HR 5510, the so-called FTC Process and Transparency Reform Act of 2016. Common Sense, along with other consumer advocates, has opposed this bill and rated it "Against Kids" in our legislative ratings.

As we've explained before, HR 5510 would weaken the Federal Trade Commission -- a federal watchdog protecting consumers -- and limit the FTC's ability to do its work. The Energy and Commerce Committee essentially admitted this fact when it considered and advanced the bill, rejecting an amendment that would have simply clarified that nothing in the bill should be understood to affect the FTC's authority to act in consumers' interests. Unfortunately, as it stands, the bill will very much impair the FTC's authority to act in consumers' interests.

Kids Action will be keeping an eye on this bill when Congress resumes its work in the fall, and we'll oppose it and any other efforts to limit consumer protections for you and your kids.

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Ariel Fox Johnson
Ariel Fox Johnson is Senior Counsel for Global Policy at Common Sense Media, where she advocates for smart practices, policies, and rules to help all kids thrive in today’s wired world. Her work focuses on enhancing family privacy rights, strengthening students' educational privacy, and promoting robust consumer protections in the online world. She frequently advises policymakers, industry, and tech experts, and has helped develop laws on student privacy, consumer privacy, and the Internet of Things. Ariel is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. Prior to joining Common Sense, Ariel worked on privacy, media, intellectual property, and technology matters at corporate law firms, and provided pro bono assistance to nonprofits and asylum seekers.