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  • U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., reintroduced the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act to address online practices that pose harm to children online. The legislation would ban “auto-play” settings and interface features like follower counts and prohibit websites from recommending certain marketing content and from exposing children to marketing with imbedded interactive elements. 
  • In letters to educational technology companies, Bark Technologies, GoGuardian and Securly, Markey, Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said use of surveillance platforms to monitor students' online activity can increase racial disparities and effect students' mental health. "It is crucial that the tools school districts select will keep students safe while also protecting their privacy, and that they do not exacerbate racial inequities and other unintended harms," they said.

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