January 8th, 2014
Children’s online privacy work group provides legislation ideas
By Lindsay A. Powers
Proposals include laws restricting ads, data collection
A work group looking at children’s online privacy proposed Maryland pass a law that requires an “eraser button” that would enable children to delete online posts they regret. “Teenagers don’t always have the best judgment. That’s just the way teenagers are,” said Angela Campbell, co-director of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center.
Campbell is a member of the Workgroup on Children’s Online Privacy Protection, which proposed 10 informal recommendations last week. Some websites already allow children to make these kinds of erasures envisioned in the proposal, said Steve Ruckman, a work group co-chairman. California has passed a similar law.