Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), co-Chairman of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, spoke at the unveiling to update and modernize the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA). He was joined at the press conference by Rep. Ed Markey, as well as Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz and Senators John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Mark Pryor (D-AR).
Rep. Barton supported the efforts of the FTC to protect kids:
"The final rules proposed by the FTC are needed and necessary. It is time that we adequately address the rapid advancement of the internet by updating COPPA. When Mr. Markey and I introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, we knew that COPPA was not properly keeping up with kids. Newer technologies such as mobile applications and the use of geolocation information were developing quickly, and we knew that additional protections were needed.
Our children are vulnerable, and it is imperative that we protect them. Until Congress can pass a law to update COPPA, I fully support the FTC in their efforts to ensure the protection of our children with the authority already given to them."
To learn more about the FTC's modified COPPA rules -- click here.
In May, Rep. Barton joined Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced the "Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011", legislation that amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to extend, enhance and update the provisions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of children's personal information. The legislation also establishes new protections for the personal information of children and teens.