Lawmakers bolster children’s online privacy protections

Colorado legislators this week sent a bill to the governor updating its 2021 data privacy law.
The YouTube app is displayed on an iPad on March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

State lawmakers are beefing up comprehensive consumer data privacy laws to include enhanced protections for children, actions that have so far received less attention than efforts to crack down on social media companies and other online regulations that have triggered industry lawsuits.

The Colorado Senate on Monday gave final passage to a bill that would add new protections for minors to its 2021 data privacy law, including restrictions on targeted advertising and addictive design features. In an indication of its importance, the legislation was led by both Senate Majority Leader Robert Rodriguez (D) and Minority Leader Paul Lundeen (R).

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