‘Eraser button’ for children’s data gains support in the House

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Over the past year, there’s been a renewed sense of urgency among lawmakers to rewrite parts of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA — a little-known law that protects children’s privacy online. COPPA has become increasingly important after high-profile cases against YouTube and TikTok, but the law is over 20 years old and lawmakers argue it needs a huge revamp to keep children safe on the internet as it is today.

On Thursday, a pair of bipartisan House lawmakers announced that they’d be introducing their own bill that would give parents the right to delete the data that companies have on their children and extend COPPA’s protections to older minors. The bill is called the “Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering…

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