The US Senate Commerce Committee has approved the first bill to protect the privacy of children surfing the Internet.
If the bill goes through, it will require companies online to ?make any reasonable effort? to get parental consent before requesting children under 13 for their names or email address.
The Federal Trade Commission would be asked to enforce the new privacy ruling for children using the Internet.
The committee decided to strip from the bill language imposing limits on what personal information could be gathered from children aged 13 to 17 years.
The bill aims to ensure that Web sites targeting children can only collect information that parents see fit, but it preserves the Internet as a place where children can freely search for information.
In the US, federal regulators have been worried about the increasing numbers of companies online collecting personal information from children, attracting them via competitions, games and animated characters.
There are no federal privacy laws in the pipeline governing adults on the Internet.
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