October 1, 1998
The Senate Committee on Commerce approved today the first piece of legislation designed to protect privacy in the online environment. The bill, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, requires Web sites targeted to children 12 and under to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information. Under the bill, the new rules would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The Committee adopted amendments to address concerns raised by the Center for Democracy and Technology and others. Importantly, the bill allows children to ask for and receive information through email without parental involvement.