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Senators Looking to Increase Privacy Safeguards for Children and Teens by Extending COPPA’s Reach

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) took effect in April 2000, back at a time when social media, smartphones, and Big Tech were just a twinkle in our eyes. As we approach the 20th anniversary of COPPA, a coalition of bipartisan senators are pushing for reform in light of Facebook’s controversial Project Atlas research app, which “paid users as young as 13 for sweeping access to their phones to gain insight into their habits to inform future product decision.” Read more in Cat Zakrzewski’s article in the Washington Post.

COPPA protects children under 13, but given the fact that older children and teens do not fully understand the ramifications of consenting to a company’s privacy policy, legislators are pushing to expand and update federal legislation protecting children’s digital privacy. A federal standard would ensure companies stay consistent in operating nationwide or international business, as other jurisdictions have taken broader action than current U.S. feder…
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