Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) has sent letters to toy maker Genesis Toys and speech technology developer Nuance Communications requesting information on their data collection from young children. The investigation follows EPIC's complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission over "toys that spy" on children in violation of federal privacy laws. EPIC's complaint, joined by the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumers Union, is part of coordinated, international efforts to ban these toys from the marketplace. Senator Markey and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), joined by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, comprehensive children's online privacy legislation that updates the law to protect children's personal information.
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