Laws to Combat Addictive Social Media Feeds

Laws to Combat Addictive Social Media Feeds

Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday celebrated the legislative passage of two bills to protect kids online.

The Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act will require social media companies to restrict addictive feeds on their platforms for users under 18. Unless parental consent is granted, users under 18 will not receive addictive feeds. Users may still search for specific topics of interest. It will also prohibit social media platforms from sending notifications regarding addictive feeds to minors from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. without parental consent. The legislation will authorize the Office of the Attorney General to bring an action to enjoin violations of the new law as well as seek civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, among other remedies. And finally, it calls for the establishment of acceptable age verification and parent consent methods, to be determined by the OAG 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. It also authorizes the OAG to enforce the law and enjoin and seek damages or civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

“[T]he passage of these bills signal that New York is taking the lead in putting New Yorkers’ safety and privacy at the forefront,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), Assembly sponsor of the legislation.

Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Rozic



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