California’s trailblazing law directing online services like Instagram and TikTok to protect children’s privacy is likely to complicate the path forward for a federal bill safeguarding consumer data. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Progress on House lawmakers’ bipartisan federal privacy bill ( H.R. 8152 ) has stalled over concerns about preemption of state laws and enforcement-related issues. When combined, they would be similar in strength to California’s law, Golin said. California’s law is “a huge win and we need more,” kids advocacy group CommonSense founder Jim Steyer said. “This should be a big spur to several of the major federal bills,” he added in reference to committee-approved bills that would require safeguards to control minors’ experience on platforms ( S. 3663 ) and update an existing federal children’s privacy law (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA) to make the handling of kids’ data safer ( S. 1628 ). Markey’s bill would extend the law to children under 17, while California’s new law targets online services likely to be accessed by children under age 18. A spokesperson for Meta Platforms Inc. , which owns Instagram, said the company is still assessing how the law would impact its products and user experiences.
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