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Many children disclose personal information online before they turn 13. Often, parents don't know what their kids have disclosed, and kids don't know what's safe to share and what's not. This problem will only increase with the introduction of more web services targeted at kids.
To address young people's privacy, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Ed. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced S 2965 on May 24. The Clean Slate for Kids Online Act would allow people to delete information collected about them on the internet while they were under the age of 13. This legislation would:
- Allow an individual to request that a website permanently delete all personal information collected from or about them while they were under the age of 13.
- Make it unlawful for a website to fail to delete personal information about a child under 13 if removal is requested.
- Require tech companies to clearly notify users how an individual or their legal guardians can request that their information be deleted.
As parents, educators, and community members, we advocate for kids' well-being every day. It's crucial for our leaders to hear our voices to ensure they prioritize kids' best interests.
We've written a template of a letter for you to fill in, but the more you can personalize it, the better! Here are some tips to help you craft the most effective message to your lawmaker:
- Start with a clear introduction. Share your name, say you're a constituent who lives in their district and say what legislation you're supporting.
- Explain why you're supporting this bill. Talk about why the issue matters and how this bill will help address it. And remember: Personal stories help move people to action! Be specific about how this will affect your family and community.
- Close with an ask. Ask for the outcome you would like to see! Tell your representative how you would like them to vote on this bill and ask them to make kids a top priority when considering how to vote.