Children's Privacy Bill Wins Celebrity Support
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.March 8, 2012
Proposed legislation to give children and their parents more control of their online data is gaining popular support, the NationalJournal reports. The bill, proposed by Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Ed Markey (D-MA) to update the COPPA, has won an endorsement from television host Nick Cannon, who spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing, saying, "We wholeheartedly support the do-not-track legislation and hope Congress will pass it this session." The Markey-Barton bill seeks to prohibit the online tracking of children and teens to provide them with targeted ads unless they or their parents provide consent, the report states. Editor's Note: A recent report in The Privacy Advisor details efforts to update COPPA.