Udall Urges Action to Defend Children’s Privacy Rights
WASHINGTON – On Oct. 10 , U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned privacy advocates about consumer protections to consider in future legislation and defending children’s privacy rights in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.”
Last month, Udall pressed top officials from leading technology companies and internet service providers about whether they were taking the appropriate steps to protect privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across the country. He focused on these companies’ potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by kids’ apps hosted on major technology companies’ platforms, like the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Udall has long championed strengthening consumer privacy rights, advocating for stronger data privacy regulations to ensure that personal information wouldn’t be misused by internet companies and leading efforts to defend children’s privacy rights. He has also called on Congress to strengthen and modernize COPPA with the necessary safeguards to protect children’s online privacy rights in the 21st century.
Recent reports have found that thousands of kids’ apps, including almost half of the nearly 6,000 free children’s Android apps in the Google Play Store, were violating COPPA by illegally tracking children’s online activities or sending children’s data to tracking companies.