Rush Introduces Legislation to Update Children’s Online Privacy Rules

Jul 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 3900, legislation to update federal online privacy rules for children.  This legislation — which is the House counterpart to S. 748, introduced by U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) — updates existing federal law by, among other things, prohibiting internet companies from gathering information on children under 13 without parental consent and on children 13–15 without user consent, adding an “eraser button” to delete personal information, and establishing a “Digital Marketing Bill of Rights for Minors”.

“Privacy is a fundamental right and it is vital that we protect it for our nation’s children.  No child in the United States should be subject to the invasive and pervasive practices that permeate so much of the internet,” said Rush.  “Companies continue to collect untold sums of data on all of us and continue to use that data in ways that remains unknown to parents, users, and regulators.  In this type of environment, we must ensure the sanctity of our children’s data.”

The Senate version of the legislation is supported by the American Principles Project, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy, Children Now, Color of Change, Common Sense Media, Consumer Action, Focus on the Family, Prevention Institute, and the Public Health Institute.