Proposed Amendments for Kids’ Online Safety and Privacy Acts: SIIA’s Concerns and Recommendations

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has written to Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Cruz requesting amendments to the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) and Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0). While supportive of protecting children online, SIIA is concerned that the bills, as currently written, could inadvertently harm children and teens. SIIA represents the software and digital content industry and suggests changes to ensure educational technology used in schools isn’t subject to certain provisions, emphasizes access to critical information, and addresses issues with personalized recommendation systems. They also recommend clarifications on contextual advertising and advocate for a more precise knowledge standard in both bills. SIIA highlights the importance of balancing privacy, safety, and educational opportunities, expressing willingness to collaborate for comprehensive policies that benefit all stakeholders.

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