The legislative focus on online safety has continued from 2021 into the new year, with bills being written, debated, and enacted around the world.
The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) is the latest comprehensive attempt by Congress to update and improve online safety, especially for children and young people.
The bill specifically comes after a series of high-profile hearings that the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security held in 2021. These hearings included testimony from data privacy and child safety experts; executives from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube; and Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.
This bill, if passed, would have an impact around the world.