The AAP has endorsed the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, introduced by co-chairmen of the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). The legislation amends the Federal Trade Commission’s Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule to “extend, enhance, and revise the provisions relating to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children” and to establish protections for personal information of children and adolescents.
Internet safety for children is an AAP priority issue; use of the internet, social networking sites and cell phones are daily experiences for the majority of American youth. While these technologies can be beneficial for young people, cyber-bullying, sexting, harm to a child’s digital reputation (the digital footprint) and inappropriate marketing to children are among the dangers. The Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011 will increase children’s safety online.
The legislation has been referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, chaired by U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.). AAP will continue to work on advancing this issue at the federal level during the remaining months of the 112th Congress, and anticipate that the bill will be re-introduced in the upcoming 113th Congress in 2013.
Where to learn more:
- AAP Do Not Track Kids Act one page fact sheet (to share with members of Congress and as background information)