February 20, 2024

Cassidy, Markey Announce Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Cruz as Cosponsors of COPPA 2.0 Children’s Privacy Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) announced that U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Chair and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, have cosponsored an updated version of their Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), which includes small modifications based on conversations with stakeholders and additional technical corrections. COPPA 2.0 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in July 2023. 

“Our updated COPPA 2.0 bill creates strong privacy protections for young people, bans targeted advertising to kids and teens, and creates an Eraser Button for parents and kids by requiring companies to permit users to delete information. With the additional changes to the bill, COPPA 2.0 is ready to advance in the Senate,” said Dr. Cassidy and Senator Markey. “Now is the time for Congress to act to protect young people’s privacy right now. We thank Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Cruz for their support and co-sponsorship of this important legislation and look forward to working with congressional leadership to pass our COPPA 2.0.” 

“The Internet has changed dramatically since the passage of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The ever-changing scope and reach of the Internet requires action from Congress,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “I am proud to work with Senators Markey and Cassidy on a bipartisan basis to try to get this bill over the finish line. We have to protect the next generation and allow for America’s children to have the privacy they deserve. This legislation would bring children and teens’ online privacy standards into the 21st century and limit them from being subjected to targeted advertising and harmful data collection practices.”

“Children and teens are uniquely vulnerable in the online world and can be unaware and overwhelmed by the ways social media platforms can use their personal information to target them,” said Senator Cantwell. “This bill strengthens protections, closes loopholes, and raises the age of kids covered under our privacy law to make sure more children and teens are protected.”

“When Congress first passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Americans were using dial-up to search ‘Ask Jeeves’ instead of Google. Now, kids can access the Internet in the palm of their hands, and tech companies routinely surveil and target America’s youth. I’m proud to have worked with Senators Markey, Cantwell, and Cassidy on bipartisan legislation to empower parents to safeguard their children’s online privacy and hold tech companies responsible for keeping minors safe from data collection. Every child deserves to grow up free of a digital footprint, and this bipartisan legislation is one step closer to achieving that goal,” said Senator Cruz

In May 2023, Cassidy and Markey reintroduced the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), legislation that would update online data privacy rules for the 21st century to ensure children and teenagers are protected online.