September 23, 1998
CDT Staff Counsel Deirdre Mulligan testified today in front of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications in general support of the goal of the Child's Online Protection Act (S.2326), as introduced by Senator Bryan. However, Mulligan made suggestions for several crucial amendments in order to avoid some of the unintended consequences of the legislation. These amendments would focus on balancing the privacy rights of older minors with their ability to access information and ensure their first amendment rights are unimpeded and clarify the commercial intent of the legislation. S.2326 would give the FTC authority to regulate companies which collect information from minors without "verifiable parental consent." The FTC outlined this standard in a report released earlier this year.