California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a law to protect Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, sets out a broad range of rights for minors concerning the collection and use of their personal information by commercial service providers. The law does not limit the rights of minors, it seeks to regulate the practices of businesses. EPIC has long advocated for the privacy rights of children, testifying before the House in 1996 in support of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and again before the Senate in 2010 as new technologies and business practices emerged. EPIC also wrote comments to the FTC in 2011 supporting stronger regulations to protect the data concerning children. Some organizations, financed by Internet companies, are opposing the legislation. For more information, see EPIC: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler