Kids Online Safety Act 2023

Issue: Free Expression

Latest Action: Amended version passed Commerce committee on July 26, 2023

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) is a well-intentioned bill that attempts to address a serious issue – the exposure of children to harmful material online – in a way that dangerously violates the First Amendment right to free expression. The bill creates significant civil liability —up to $50K per violation — for platforms that fail to prevent minors from accessing “harmful” content.

While the law claims to make clear that it doesn't create an age verification requirement, it does require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a study evaluating the most technologically feasible options for developing systems to verify age at the device or operating system level, with an emphasis on the privacy of minors. 

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Read the Bill: US S 1409
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Bill Status
  • Introduced
  • Passed First Committee
  • Passed First Chamber
  • Passed Both Committees
  • Passed Both Chambers
  • Enacted

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