Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed new safeguards to better protect the privacy of children online. Among the changes, the proposal would reduce targeted advertising for children under age 13, strengthen security requirements for collecting children’s data, and prohibit the use of personal data to entice children to stay online longer. In response, Alondra Nelson, distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
President Joe Biden has called for action to protect children in the digital age, and today’s announcement from the FTC is a critical step to safeguard all Americans and protect the rights and freedoms of children. We do not have to live in a world in which technology surveils our kids, extracts data and profit in exchange for a good public education, and erodes mental health. As the proposed rule demonstrates, the primary responsibility to create a safe experience online for children, with products ranging from social media to generative artificial intelligence, sits squarely with the tech industry—from developers to deployers—and should not be shunted off to individuals. This landmark rule epitomizes the kind of policy innovation necessary to build a safe and just future for our kids.
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