A few weeks ago, Representative Mary Bono Mack chaired a Congressional hearing entitled "Balancing Privacy and Innovation." In her opening remarks, Bono Mack said:
"Where is the public outcry for legislation? Today, I'm simply not hearing it. I haven't gotten a single letter from anyone back home urging me to pass a privacy bill."
At Common Sense Media, we've certainly heard from parents who are concerned about online privacy -- especially for kids. In a 2010 survey we conducted with Zogby, 85% of parents said they were more concerned about online privacy than they were five years earlier, and 61% said that Congress should update laws related to online privacy and security for children and teens.
In addition, just a few weeks ago, a survey conducted by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times found that the vast majority of Californians are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies.
The Internet is a platform for innovation and brings rich resources for entertainment and learning. But many parents are also concerned about kids' online privacy and believe that privacy and innovation can be balanced. If you're one of those parents, visit Representative Mary Bono Mack's website, and let her know how you feel.