Legacy media lobbies against youth digital privacy bills

Legacy media companies say age-appropriate design bills could cost them billions in unintentional violations.
Minneapolis Star Tribune publisher Steve Grove, speaking at a 2020 news conference when he served as Minnesota’s economic development commissioner. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

A coordinated campaign to replicate youth digital privacy laws in the mold of a California law passed last year have encountered stiff opposition not only from the tech industry, but also from legacy media companies concerned about the implications for their business models.

The media industry’s lobbying efforts – coupled with the tech industry’s flood-the-zone approach – have proven a formidable challenge to backers of so-called age-appropriate design code bills introduced this year in Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico and Nevada.

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