Should you be able to sue companies over violating online privacy? This bill aims to give ‘young consumers’ more rights

Here’s the deal: A Florida Congresswoman plans to reintroduce a bill that could allow parents to, among other things, sue companies that violate their kids’ privacy online.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) is scheduled on Thursday to again propose the PRotecting the Information of our Vulnerable Children and Youth Act (PRIVCY Act) that she and some tech advocates believe would give both the Federal Trade Commission and parents more control. If it passes, it could affect major tech companies.

Castor’s bill stalled last year. Her supporters say the updated bill gives “young consumers” between the ages of 13 to 17 greater control over what information is collected by companies and they can do with it. Castor’s bill last year had no Republican support nor co-sponsors from her peers.

A member of the the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Castor also received some criticism within the tech industry.

“By removing the ability for young people to receive content tailored to their interests, Rep. Castor’s bill will undermine the online experiences of young people,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, a trade group whose membership includes tech giants Google and Twitter.

Castor’s latest request to persuade her Congressional contemporaries comes a day after Republicans leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee reintroduced federal data privacy legislation the GOP claims “to hold Big Tech accountable by improving transparency and content moderation” and reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.


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