Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) writes today about the language in the Senate Commerce Finance omnibus bill establishing the Minnesota Age-Appropriate Design Code Act. We appreciate the intent of sponsors to enact policies that protect Minnesotans, especially children and teenagers but are concerned how the bill may impact Minnesota schools and, more broadly, the rights of minors in the state. We are hopeful that policymakers will continue to work to refine language, so all rights of Minnesota children are protected.
We acknowledge and support the broad agreement by state and federal lawmakers about the need to protect children’s privacy and safety. We agree that establishing legal guardrails for businesses is important work. We caution, however, that without a careful approach to balance all the rights afforded to Minnesotans some will be left behind.