May 24 2023
Summary of the Kids Online Safety Act
As Congressional hearings, media reports, academic research, whistleblower disclosures, and heartbreaking stories from youth and families have repeatedly shown, social media platforms have exacerbated the mental health crisis among children and teens fostering body image issues, creating addiction-like use, promoting products that are dangerous for young audiences, and fueling destructive bullying.
May 3 2023
CDD urges Congress to adopt stronger online safeguards for kids and teens
Contact: Katharina Kopp, kkopp [at] democraticmedia.org
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), introduced by Senators Markey and Cassidy, will provide urgently needed online safeguards for children and teens. It will enact real platform accountability and limit the economic and psychological exploitation of children and teens online and thus address the public health crisis they are experiencing.
Reining In Meta’s Digital ‘Wild West’ as FTC protects young people’s safety, health and privacy
Jeff Chester, CDD, 202-494-7100
David Monahan, Fairplay, 781-315-2586
By: Jeff Chester | May 3 2023
Meta’s Virtual Reality-based Marketing Apparatus Poses Risks to Teens and Others
May 2 2023
David Monahan, Fairplay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Advocates pledge support for landmark bill requiring online platforms to protect kids, teens with “safety by design” approach
Advocates Fairplay, Eating Disorders Coalition, Center for Digital Democracy, and others announce support of the newly reintroduced Kids Online Safety Act
Apr 26 2023
Statement from Children’s Advocacy Groups on
New Social Media Bill by U.S. Senators Schatz and Cotton
Washington, D.C., April 26, 2023– Several children’s advocacy groups expressed concern today with parts of a new bill intended to protect kids and teens from online harms. The bill, “The Protecting Kids on Social Media Act,” was introduced this morning by U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR).
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 14 2023
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 31 2023
BOSTON, MA and WASHINGTON, DC — Friday, March 31, 2023 — Following a
groundbreaking investigation of Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids by Fairplay and Center for Digital
Democracy (CDD), the Federal Trade Commission is preparing to advance a case against
Amazon for the company’s violations of children’s privacy law to the Department of Justice.
According to new reporting from Politico, the case centers on Amazon’s violations of the
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) through its Alexa voice assistant.
Jan 24 2023
Walmart Deceptively Marketing to Kids on Roblox
Consumer Advocates Urge Action
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 19 2022
Josh Golin, executive director, Fairplay:
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 22 2022
Children and teenagers experience widespread commercial surveillance practices to collect data used to target them with marketing. Targeted and personalized advertising remains the dominant business model for digital media, with the marketing and advertising industry identifying children and teens as a prime target. Minors are relentlessly pursued while, simultaneously, they are spending more time online than ever before. Children’s lives are filled with surveillance, involving the collection of vast amounts of personal data of online users.
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 21 2022
“Acute Myeloid Lymphoma,” “ADHD,” “Brain Cancer,” “High Cholesterol,” “Lung Cancer,” “Overweight,” “Pregnancy,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Stroke,” and “Thyroid Cancer.” These are just a handful of the digitally targetable medical condition “audience segments” available to surveillance advertisers While health and medical condition marketers—including pharmaceutical companies and drug store chains—may claim that such commercial data-driven marketing is “privacy-compliant,” in truth it reveals how vulnerable U.S.
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 16 2022
Under intensifying pressure from Congress and the public, top social media platforms popular with young people – Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitch, and YouTube – have launched dozens of new safety features for children and teens in the last year, according to a report from the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD). Researchers at CDD conducted an analysis of tech industry strategies to head off regulation in the wake of the 2021 Facebook whistleblower revelations and the rising tide of public criticism, Congressional hearings, and pressures from abroad.
By: Jeff Chester | Oct 14 2022
Alcohol Marketers are now big data companies. They are also commercial surveillance marketing enterprises, which is how data driven digital marketing is increasingly described by regulators and critics. Like many other global industries, alcohol marketing uses an ever expanding set of diverse and sophisticated online and offline techniques designed to identify and deeply influence its target audiences. Alcoholic beverage companies have broadly adopted the business model and tactics perfected by Google, Meta/Facebook, and Amazon.
Sep 13 2022
A coalition of more than 100 organizations is sending two letters to Congress urging action. A letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, from 145 organizations, urges them to advance KOSA and COPPA to full Senate votes. A letter addressed to House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers, from 158 organizations, urges them to introduce a House companion bill to KOSA.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 19 2022
By: Jeff Chester | Jun 30 2022
Last week, the leading global advertisers, online platforms and data marketers gathered for the most important awards given by the ad industry—the “Cannes Lions.” Reviewing the winners and the “shortlist” of runners-up—competing in categories such as “Creative Data,” “Social and Influencer,” “Brand Experience & Activation,” “Creative Commerce” and “Mobile”—is essential to learn where the data-
Jun 2 2022
David Monahan, Fairplay email@example.com
Jeff Chester, CDD firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-494-7100
Advocates call on FTC to investigate manipulative design abuses in popular FIFA game
Groups say FIFA: Ultimate Team preys on children’s vulnerability with loot boxes, “funny money”
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 22 2022
Microsoft is rapidly expanding its surveillance advertising complex—first acquiring AT&T’s powerful Xandr targeting system last December, and adding a few weeks later the online gaming and eSports giant Activision Blizzard.
Mar 22 2022
David Monahan, Fairplay email@example.com
Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-494-7100
Diverse coalition of advocates urges Congress to pass legislation to protect kids and teens online
60 leading advocacy organizations say unregulated Big Tech business model is “fundamentally at odds with children’s wellbeing”