About this Issue

Policymakers in the United States and abroad are reexamining how to effectively protect children’s privacy online without age-gating the internet: the FTC asked for comments on 21-year-old COPPA, the major U.S. child privacy law; a new state consumer privacy law, CCPA, has significant new child privacy protections; and the EU’s GDPR has new requirements for processing children’s information, with some EU countries proposing even higher protections. FPF’s youth privacy project, an outgrowth of our education privacy work, convenes stakeholders and provides analysis on proposed and passed youth privacy protections.

Child Privacy Protections Compared: California Consumer Privacy Act v. Proposed Washington Privacy Act
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January 27, 2020 | Amelia Vance

Child Privacy Protections Compared: California Consumer Privacy Act v. Proposed Washington Privacy Act

As legislatures consider enacting broad consumer privacy legislation, officials must consider whether, and how, to address children’s and teen’s privacy. The leading models for addressing consumer privacy contain language addressing child privacy that differs in significant ways. Many states have introduced legislation that mirrors the framework of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The proposed Washington Privacy Act (SB 6281) has also emerged as an influential framework. CCPA and SB 6281 differ in many respects, including with regard to child privacy. As described below, the frameworks take different approaches to the age of youth protected, the statutory knowledge standards, and the consumer rights granted. 

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What's Happening: Youth Privacy

Child Privacy Protections Compared: California Consumer Privacy Act v. Proposed Washington Privacy Act
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January 27, 2020 | Amelia Vance

Child Privacy Protections Compared: California Consumer Privacy Act v. Proposed Washington Privacy Act

As legislatures consider enacting broad consumer privacy legislation, officials must consider whether, and how, to address children’s and teen’s privacy. The leading models for addressing consumer privacy contain language addressing child privacy that differs in significant ways. Many states have introduced legislation that mirrors the framework of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The proposed Washington Privacy Act (SB 6281) has also emerged as an influential framework. CCPA and SB 6281 differ in many respects, including with regard to child privacy. As described below, the frameworks take different approaches to the age of youth protected, the statutory knowledge standards, and the consumer rights granted. 

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MythBusters: COPPA Edition
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December 12, 2019 | Sara Collins

MythBusters: COPPA Edition

Following YouTube’s September settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), YouTube released a video in late November explaining upcoming changes to their platform. The YouTube creator community responded in large numbers, with numerous explainer videos and almost two hundred thousand comments filed in response to the FTC’s […]

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Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy: FPF Testimony Before the Federal Commission on School Safety