US Senate passes two federal  bills for protecting children online

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed two federal bills to protect children online – an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and  the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA).

The COPPA governs the obligations of websites and online services to protect the privacy of children under the age of 13 and is enforced by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, The major update to COPPA was to extend the Children and Teens Online Privacy Protection Act to  children  who are aged 17.

KOSA features a duty of technology companies to prevent harm to minors. It also asks platforms to have more transparency in their algorithms for users and researchers so that researchers can study the effects of various platforms on minors.