Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire!
I hope wherever you're reading this week's digest, you're in a cool place or relaxing on a beach.
In case you missed it, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act advanced to the House floor for a vote. Yes, for the first time, there is a possibility that a chamber of Congress will vote on comprehensive federal privacy legislation. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball had the details in an article for The Privacy Advisor.
While the proposed federal legislation is top of mind, lawmakers at the federal and state levels are gearing up to discuss children's privacy legislation.
Just ahead of the August recess, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is expected to mark up two proposed children's privacy bills July 27: the Children and Teens' Online Privacy Protection Act and the Kids Online Safety Act.
As mentioned in this space, California's Senate Committee on Appropriations is expected to hold hearings Aug. 1 on the proposed California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act and the Social Media Platform Duty to Children Act.
There have been calls to expand children's privacy rights from lawmakers and advocacy groups for some time. In a report released earlier this year, bipartisan group Future of Tech Commission suggested children's privacy should be strengthened to "ban behavioral advertising to children under age 16" and "prohibit manipulative design practices that push inappropriate content to children."
While the draft federal legislation expands protections for children's privacy, it will be interesting to see how, if at all, the recent markup of that bill affects next week's session.
There is going to be a lot to keep up with in this space; we'll be sure to keep you updated.
Stay cool, safe and enjoy the weekend!
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