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USA: Senate Commerce Committee approves two bills on children's online privacy protection

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced, on 27 July 2022, that it had approved the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act and the Kids Online Safety Act, following its executive session. In particular, the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act sets out requirements for the collection of minors and children's personal information, including information that should be provided to a parent or minor, as well as data subject rights, such as rectification, erasure, and access. Notably, the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act prohibits the sale of internet-connected devices targeted to children and minors unless certain cybersecurity and data security standards are satisfied.

Similarly, the Kids Online Safety Act outlines requirements for covered platforms in regard to duty of care and the safeguarding of minors. Specifically, the Kids Online Safety Act establishes that a covered platform has a duty to act in the best interest of a minor that uses the platform's products or services, and must prevent other individuals from viewing a minor's personal data collected by, or shared on, the covered platform. Furthermore, the Kids Online Safety Act introduces requirements for disclosure and transparency.

Finally, both bills will now be submitted to the U.S. Senate.

You can read the press release here, and access the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act here and the Kids Online Safety Act here.