On January 9, 2020, Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) sponsored the "Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today," or "PROTECT Kids" act before the US House of Representatives.
At roughly the same time, technology advocacy group "Tech Freedom" held a panel on the future of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), YouTube, and the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in respect of both. The panel would be attended by YouTube heavyweights Jeremy Johnston of J House Vlogs, and Kreekcraft, among others.
The two events could not represent two more wildly divergent views of the future of content generation on the Internet and what it can and should be.
What does the PROTECT Kids Act purport to do?
How will raising the age of "children" to 16 effect an increased and even more difficult role to manage for the FTC?
How would it hurt many if not most "social" applications and their related business models?
And how would such an effect ultimately hurt the very children it's purported to protect?
We never scramble the English language for the benefit of acronyms...in Virtual Legality.
#YouTube #COPPA #FTC
Discussed in this episode:
"YouTube At Large"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
"Will Kids' Privacy Crackdown Break the Internet?"
TechFreedom Panel - January 13, 2020
"TAKEAWAYS FOR CONGRESS: 1) Raising #COPPA's age from 13 to 16 would make things even more confusing... @jhousevlogs"
Tweet - January 13, 2020 - @TechFreedom
"Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online"
Engadget - January 9, 2020 - Igor Bonifacic
"A BILL To amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998."
HR 5573 - Introduced January 9, 2020
"CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION"
15 USC Chapter 91
COPPA Rule Final Rule Amendments
FTC Document - 2013
"PART 312—CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION RULE"
Code of Federal Regulations
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