Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today released the following statement after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued proposed updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act regulations.
"Ever since I was a prosecutor in the seventies, I've seen the dangers posed to children from contact with people who would take advantage of them. In the online world, the nature of those threats changed significantly and parents need to have the power to control who has access to their kids' information and for what purpose. These newly updated rules are necessary to keep pace with the way kids under 13 are interacting on the Internet and how online services are evolving. Now the FTC needs to issue final recommendations on overall privacy laws for Congress to consider. They've had the spring and summer to review the comments submitted to their draft report from last year and we still need to protect Americans' personal information from misappropriation or misuse after they turn fourteen."
Earlier this year, Senator Kerry and Senator McCain introduced the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights to establish a framework to protect personal information online and offline.