Protecting Kids Online
The Internet has transformed into an invaluable educational, research, and entertainment tool, but with the good comes the bad.
I believe that every American has the right to choose what they believe to be best for themselves and their children. Often in our digital world this right is lost because your personal information is collected and stored without your knowledge.
As a father and grandfather, I find this trend disturbing, so I introduced legislation to protect families – the Do Not Track Kids Act.
It is a first step in putting consumers back in control. It lets you know what types of information are being collected about your kids online and how it is being used. If you don’t like what you learn – you will now have the authority to change it with just the click of a mouse.
It is unacceptable for a website operator to act as a dictator with no consequences, and this bill ensures this type of behavior will not be directed toward our children.
I have continually supported legislative initiatives seeking to increase protections for all consumers. I believe that it is imperative to ensure that consumers’ personal and private information remains personal and private. I understand that gathering some information from consumers is necessary when conducting business online, however it is never acceptable to abuse that information.
The Do Not Track Kids Act strengthens privacy protections for children and teens by:
- Requiring online companies to explain the types of personal information collected, how that information is used and disclosed, and the policies for collection of personal information
- Requiring online companies to obtain parental consent for collection of children’s personal information
- Prohibiting online companies from using personal information of children and teens for targeted marketing purposes
- Establishing a “Digital Marketing Bill of Rights for Teens” that limits the collection of personal information, including geolocation information of children and teens
- Creating an “Eraser Button” for parents and children by requiring companies to permit users to eliminate publicly available personal information content when technologically feasible