Kids And The Internet: New Privacy Rules?

Kids And The Internet: New Privacy Rules?

As Web marketers increasingly target young audiences on the Web, new changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act present promise -- and perils -- for safeguarding young users.

In 1998, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act took the first steps in safeguarding children under 13 years old from divulging personal information to websites. Today, a generation of Web innovation has made sharing personal data a ubiquitous part of the online experience. Now the Federal Trade Commission is moving to overhaul the privacy rules, increasing the need for children's sites to obtain parental permission for popular activities. Kojo looks at the pending changes, and talks to those who say the new rules will stifle innovation.

Guests

Kathryn Montgomery

Professor, School of Communication at American University; Author, "Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet" (MIT Press)

Jim Steyer

Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Emma Llanso

Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology

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