US Lawmakers write to FTC to strengthen rules surrounding children's data 

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October 04, 2022, 2:35 PM GMT+0

The petition urges the agency to restrict companies from collecting children's data and a clear definition for the term "personal information". 

Four Democratic lawmakers have written to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to strengthen rules restricting companies from collecting children's personal data. The letter addressed to FTC Chair Lina Khan urges the body to "continue efforts to implement strong privacy safeguards" towards protecting children and teens online.  

The lawmakers also urged Khan to update regulations implementing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The law prohibits web companies from knowingly collecting personal information from users under the age of thirteen without parental consent.  

The law also tasks the FTC with issuing regulations and defining "personal information". Currently, the term refers to data like names, addresses, phone numbers, photos, geolocation data collected from devices and some pseudonymous information.  

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