Legislation

The Florida Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism unanimously supported the Keep I.D. Safe (KIDS) Act this Monday, a bill designed to help reduce child identity theft in the state. Florida is a known hotspot for identity theft and fraud.

Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Joe Barton will soon be reintroducing their Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill that would update the existing Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Hill reports. Senator Markey, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Rep. Barton, the co-char of the Congressional Bi-partisan Privacy Caucus, believe that COPPA needs to be updated to reflect the new “Internet ecosystem” of the 21st century.

Steve Peace and Michael Thorsnes, sponsors of the California Personal Privacy Initiative, have given up on collecting the 807,615 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Governor Brown signed a landmark bill this Monday giving minors the power to have content or information posted on the internet removed at their request. SB 568, introduced by State Senator Darrell Steinberg, has two main provisions directed at improving the protection and privacy of minors on the Internet.

The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Tracking Protection Working Group (TPWG) has suffered a major blow as the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), a “consortium of the leading national advertising and marketing trade groups,” has declared they are withdrawing from the TPWG.

The open enrollment period for the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act begins October 1, 2013. Americans will have until January 1, 2014 to come into compliance with the new law by purchasing health insurance coverage resulting in a surge of people looking to purchase health insurance from these health insurance exchanges in the coming months.

Wisconsin has become one of the latest states to contemplate a child identity theft law designed to help parents and guardians protect children’s credit. Assembly Bill 248 is similar to Maryland’s child identity theft law in that it allows a parent or guardian to freeze a child’s credit if they have a credit report. Should the child not have a credit record, AB 248 would allow a parent or guardian to request that a credit record be created in their child’s name so that they can then freeze the record.

 

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