August 25, 2022

Help Us Rein In Big Tech

Dear Friend,

Enough Is Enough® (EIE) has exciting news about legislation for which we have been longtime advocates. On July 27th, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) and the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0) to a full floor vote. If passed, these bipartisan bills will require online platforms to put children’s privacy and wellbeing first.

We are so grateful for all of the support from families and advocates that have brought Congress this close to enacting groundbreaking legislation. EIE has worked behind the scenes advocating for both of these bills, as they will help us further our mission to make the Internet safer for children and families. Now, we need your help to push this across the finish line in the Senate by telling your Senators to vote YES during the floor vote.

You can click here to find contact information for your Senators, should you wish.You may also wish to share what the passage of these bills would mean to your family or profession. In addition, you can spread the word to your friends, family, and networks to contact their Senators.

These bipartisan bills would require online platforms to prioritize the wellbeing and best interests of children when designing products and would expand privacy protections to children over 13 for the first time since COPPA was passed in 1998. 

Highlights of the bills include:

  • Requiring platforms to have the strongest, most protective settings on by defaultfor minors;

  • Giving parents more tools to protect their children's privacy, restrict purchases, and track their time on a platform, and restrict purchases;

  • Expanding protections for children under 13, including banning surveillance advertising and placing a greater responsibility on companies to get parental consent before collecting any data from a child; 

Of note: Currently the only law protecting kids' online privacy -- the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) -- is over two decades old and applies only to children under the age of 13. This leaves a whole group of older teens vulnerable to third-party trackers and apps that have been known to seek more data, especially from teens. The Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0) amends this law to expand privacy protections to teens for the first time, establishing a “Digital Marketing Bill of Rights for Teens” that limits the collection of personal information.
  • Creating an “eraser button” to make it easier for parents and teens to delete a minor’s information from a website or app; 

  • Giving regulators new tools to hold social media companies accountable for failing to keep young children off their platforms

While we encouraged the Senate to extend privacy protections to all minor children 17 years old and under in the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act, we believe this legislation is a great step forward in protecting the privacy and safety of children and teens on the internet.

Thank you in advance for your friendship and support of our efforts as we continue to call on Congress to “Rein in Big Tech, For the Sake of the Children!


Donna's Signature
Donna Rice Hughes
President and CEO
Enough Is Enough®