US lawmakers released draft of online child privacy act

On May 6, 2011, two congressmen, Edward Markey and Joe Barton, released a draft of legislation they aimed to introduce in the US House of Representatives; the bill [PDF] would have prevented companies from tracking the Internet activity of minors without parental consent. The congressmen introduced the legislation to amend a 1998 Internet protection and privacy law for minors. The bill would have prevented companies from collecting information on minors' web habits for marketing purposes and would have allowed parents to request that companies destroy any such existing data.

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