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COPPA Amendment Advances Civil Rights Protections in Privacy Legislation

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2018

Media Contact: Kwame Belle, | Michelle Morris,


New York— As Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)’s introduced legislation today to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement from Senior Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter:

“The change to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is a big step forward in curbing the unethical practices of tech giants who are eager put profit over the safety of our children. We’re pleased to see these changes include prohibiting ad targeting based on race and socioeconomic factors (or its proxies), psychological profile and geo-location on children up to the age of 15. Such anti-discrimination measures are an important intervention for children from vulnerable communities, who – from the age of four — are at greater risk for discriminatory advertising, employment, and marketing practices that have expanded into the digital space. We commend the leadership of Senators Markey and Hawley and Representative Rush in expanding privacy legislation to protect our civil rights online.”


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