SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois children would be better protected online under legislation passed by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, which prevents data collection on websites or online apps that are primarily used by students.
“The internet has become a daily part of our children’s lives and it’s important we take steps to protect them from data companies who want to sell sensitive information to corporations,” Kifowit said. “I believe websites primarily used by students should be off limits from those attempting to profit off the digital footprint of minors.”
Kifowit’s Senate Bill 1796 creates prohibitions and obligations regarding the collection of data on websites or online apps that are primarily used by students in Illinois. Furthermore, the proposal creates data security guidelines that websites and apps must meet in order to protect student information from being hacked or accessed illegally. Additionally, the measure permits the Attorney General’s office to bring action against any individual or organization that hacks information or is negligent in protecting the online data of students.
“Cyber criminals have been known to target minors to gain valuable information, like their social security number and date of birth, so it’s vital for websites to take steps to protect this data,” Kifowit said. “This legislation is proof that when we put partisanship aside, we can work together to keep our children and students safe.”
Senate Bill 1796 passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and is awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.
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