Over the last few weeks, a number of cosponsors have been added to the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011 (H.R. 1895), bringing the total number of cosponsors to 29. The bill was introduced by Rep. Markey and Rep. Barton on May 13, 2011. Earlier this month, the two members also hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss how to protect children and teens online.
As we blogged about here, the bill would expand the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). In addition, the bill would introduce new privacy protections for minors under the age of 18, including a prohibition on the use of personal information for targeted marketing to minors and a requirement that operators of websites and online services provide “eraser buttons” that enable the deletion of personal information shared publicly by minors.
We will continue to monitor this legislation as these two senior, bipartisan members of the Committee press for a mark-up of their bill.