Senate to vote on child privacy bill

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The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously sent to the Senate floor the first Congressional legislation to protect children's privacy after making major changes to limit the bill's scope.

Under the revised measure, commercial Web sites that either target children younger than 13 or those with broader appeal who knowingly collect information from those younger than 13 would face major new restrictions on any use of the data for marketing.

Sites could answer a child's question and send children newsletters without parental permission, but almost any other use of information collected from children would be barred without approval from parents. However, children 13- to 16-years-old are no longer mentioned in the bills.

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