Statement on Passage of Federal Privacy Legislation In The Energy and Commerce Committee
SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2022– The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved by a vote of 53-2 a bill to establish online data protections for kids and adults. If signed into law, it would mark the first U.S. law to protect the online data of all Americans. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a national leader on the protection of kids and teens online, issued the following statement.
"The federal privacy bill approved in committee today would establish significant new privacy protections for children and teens online, protections that are desperately needed. The kids' section of this sweeping and bi-partisan bill, which would usher in new data protections for adults and minors, is stronger than existing federal law and stronger than the well-regarded privacy law in California. That said, we recognize there is a lot of work that remains to be done to bring all parties together and cross the finish line. But today's action is an important step in that direction. Common Sense has been deeply involved in the effort to protect the privacy and the online health of kids and teens and we look forward to continuing this process to achieve that goal."
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Jason Maymon, Vice President, Communications