The Kids Online Safety Act Is a Heavy-Handed Plan to Force Platforms to Spy on Young People
Unfortunately those tactics are the ones endorsed by the Kids Online Safety Act of 2022 (KOSA), introduced by Sens.
The bill deserves credit for attempting to improve online data privacy for young people, and for attempting to update 1998’s Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).
But its plan to require surveillance and censorship of anyone under sixteen would greatly endanger the rights, and safety, of young people online.
Invasive tracking of young people by online platforms is particularly pernicious—EFF has long pushed back against remote proctoring, for example.
But the Kids Online Safety Act would not protect the privacy of children or adults.
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