FPF Releases Policy Brief Comparing Federal Child Privacy Bills

Future of Privacy Forum staff compare varied approaches of the four bills

As children’s privacy continues to be a top priority and area of interest among lawmakers, companies, and the public, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) today released a new policy brief that compares the child-centric privacy bills that have been introduced in the 117th Congress. The resource compares four proposed bills against each other (with additional comparisons to current law) on key elements including the age group they seek to protect, enforcement mechanisms, covered entities, notice requirements, verifiable consent, restrictions on the use of personal information (PI), and more.

Download the policy brief here.

“Child privacy continues to receive a lot of attention from policymakers, companies, regulators, and families. In recent months, we’ve seen the FTC, state legislatures, federal policymakers, and even the President of the United States signal an interest in enhancing the consumer privacy rights and online protections afforded to children,” said Lauren Merk, Youth & Education Privacy Policy Counsel at FPF. “The four bills outlined in this resource stand to impact the child privacy landscape in the US either by directly changing the law or influencing future legislation at the federal or state levels. Case in point, the recently released discussion draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act includes provisions that mirror sections from some of the child-specific privacy bills.” 

The four children’s privacy bills introduced in the 117th Congress are the Protecting the Information of our Vulnerable Children and

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