Markey to introduce online privacy bill aimed at protecting kids

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) plans to introduce an online privacy bill aimed at protecting kids from infringement by digital marketers, an aide confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.

He is expected to announce this at an online privacy hearing Thursday morning. 

UPDATE—Markey's office sent along this statement:

“For many kids today, the Internet is like online oxygen – they can’t live without it. The Internet presents access to incredible opportunities to learn and communicate that were unimaginable only a few years ago. But kids growing up in this online environment also need protection from dangers that can lurk in cyberspace. Children should be playing ‘Hide and Seek’ not ‘Hide from the Creep.’ That’s why to ensure that kids are protected, I plan to introduce legislation next year that will include a 'Do Not Track' requirement so that kids do not have their online behavior tracked or their personal information collected or profiled. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this legislation forward.”