Good morning, I am Deirdre Mulligan, Staff Counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. The Center is pleased to participate in this hearing, at the request of the Subcommittee, on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (S. 2326) and the broader issue of protecting individual privacy in the online environment.
CDT is a non-profit, public interest organization dedicated to developing and implementing public policies to protect and advance civil liberties and democratic values on the Internet. One of our core goals is to enhance privacy protections for individuals in the development and use of new communications technologies.
It is our understanding that the Subcommittee is crafting their privacy agenda. My testimony this morning is intended to provide the Subcommittee with information on the current state-of-play on privacy, CDT's thoughts on what should be done to further protect individual privacy, and CDT's comments on The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (S. 2326).