The Wall Street Journal reports on the origins of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which the original architect, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., believes needs to have its minimum age requirement raised. Markey, who helped send COPPA into force in 1998, sought to have websites require parental consent for users ages 16 and younger before lawmakers settled on under age 13. “It was too young and I knew it was too young then,” Markey said. “It was the best I could do.” Markey and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced “COPPA 2.0” in March, calling for the age requirement to be bumped to age 16. Common Sense Media Founder and CEO Jim Steyer said COPPA is “hopelessly outdated” and that overhauling the law will be a tough sell considering societal norms and data value related to kids on the internet. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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