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Children’s Privacy Protections Expanded to Teens in Senate Bill

May 11, 2021, 4:28 PM

Companies couldn’t collect personal information from children ages 13 to 15 without their consent under a legislative proposal from Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

The legislation, introduced Tuesday, would expand existing federal privacy protections to cover teenagers. Children under age 13 are subject to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which gives parents control over what information online platforms can collect about their kids.

Companies that violate COPPA can face fines from the Federal Trade Commission. Recent examples of the FTC’s enforcement of the law include a $5.7 million settlement with Bytedance Ltd.'s TikTok and a ...

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