New online privacy bill in Congress

In an era in which privacy is under attack on many fronts, it's welcome news whenever members of Congress introduce bills to protect consumer privacy. One such effort is that of Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee, who this week proposed legislation to protect minors against misappropriation of their likenesses for advertising. (See here for further discussion.) This issue is the subject of several pending lawsuits against Facebook; in one of them, we at Public Citizen are representing objectors to a proposed settlement that offers insufficient protection for minors' privacy.

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