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Newly-passed state bills will protect kids online

June 7, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — TWO-NATION-LEADING BILLS aimed at protecting kids online passed the New York State legislature on Friday, with Governor Kathy Hochul and the bill’s sponsors celebrating this milestone. The Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act will restrict a child’s access to addictive feeds on social media, and the New York Child Data Protection Act will keep children’s personal data safe. The SAFE for Kids Act will require social media companies to restrict addictive feeds on their platforms for users under 18. It will also prohibit social media platforms from sending notifications regarding addictive feeds to minors from midnight to 6 a.m. without parental consent. And it calls for the establishment of acceptable age verification and parent consent methods, that the Office of the Attorney General will determine as part of a rulemaking process once the legislation is enacted. The New York Child Data Protection Act will prohibit online sites from collecting, using, sharing or selling personal data of anyone under the age of 18, unless they receive informed consent or unless doing so is strictly necessary for the purpose of the website.

Both bills authorize the Office of the Attorney General to enforce the law, and enjoin and seek damages or civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

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