Common Sense Media Honors Markey for Leadership on Childrens Online Privacy Issues

Lawmaker recognized with Rep. Joe Barton for work to update the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


Washington (September 12, 2013) - Senator Edward J. Markey (DMass.) was awarded a Public Policy Leadership Award during the 9 th Annual Common Sense Media Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday. The award was presented jointly to Senator Markey and to Congressman Joe Barton (RTexas) for their leadership on privacy issues as coChairs of the BiPartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, and for their work on the Do Not Track Kids Act. Award presenters noted their work on Do Not Track Kids legislation demonstrates the lawmakers' willingness to work across the aisle to find solutions to complex new problems that affect American families. 


"I am honored to be recognized alongside Congressman Barton, and want to thank him for his steadfast partnership on this important issue. He is a true privacy patriot, and I greatly enjoy working with him to protect our children and support our families in the evolving online environment. I also want to thank Common Sense Media for this distinguished award and for providing positive resources and tools for our kids and families to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world," said Senator Markey. 


The Do Not Track Kids Act would extend, enhance and update the provisions related to collection, use and disclosure of children's personal information.  The legislation will require consent from parents or users before companies collect information about children or teenagers, prohibits targeted advertising to kids and teens, and ensures kids and teens 15 and younger have an eraser button to delete their personal information online.


Common Sense Media is a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on helping our kids and families by providing trustworthy information, education, and the independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Their media reviews and advice help families make the best choices for their children at a time when increased connectivity means increased threats to privacy. 


Contact: Giselle Barry (Markey) 2022242742