November 14th, 2013
Markey, Barton Bring Back Do Not Track Kids Bill
By Katy Bachman
It would extend digital privacy protections to teens
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren’t giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act.
The bill would extend many of the digital privacy protections in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa) that already covers children 12 and under to teens 13 to 15 by prohibiting Internet companies from collecting personal and location information without consent. It would also create an “eraser button” for removing personal information. Markey, the author of Coppa (passed in 1998 and updated this year to include mobile) when he was a member of the House, and Barton introduced a similar Do Not Track Kids bill in 2011 and 2012, but it never advanced.