Markey Commends Twitter Endorsement of ‘Do Not Track’ Tool

Congressman introduced ‘Do Not Track Kids’ Act to protect online privacy of children and teens
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, released the following statement after Twitter today announced its support for ‘Do Not Track’ mechanisms, offering users the opportunity to turn off information collection features when using Twitter.
.@Twitter is tech industry leader w support of #donottrack. Other co’s shld follow, give consumers right 2 say NO 2 info collection,” stated Rep. Markey, co-Chair of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus.
Reps. Markey and Joe Barton (R-Texas) have introduced the H.R. 1895, “Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011”, bipartisan legislation that amends the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act to extend, enhance and update the provisions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of children’s personal information. The legislation prohibits Internet companies from sending targeted advertising to children and teens and collecting personal and location information without parental or individual consent.  The Do Not Track Kids Act also would require website operators to have an “eraser button” capability that enables the deletion or elimination of information about children and teens. The bill currently has 45 co-sponsors from both parties.