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FTC Staff Updates COPPA FAQs on Verifiable Parental Consent Methods

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Uncategorized, United States

The FTC staff has posted revisions to three Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) related to obtaining verifiable parental consent under its COPPA Rule. For a comparison of the old and new FAQs, click here. Although the changes (which include a new FAQ H.16) may appear substantial, they mostly reaffirm the FTC’s longstanding position that the agency’s… Continue Reading

FTC Denies First Request For More Flexible Parental Consent Methods

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Social Media, United States

The FTC has denied AssertID’s request to recognize a new method for obtaining verifiable parental consent for the online collection, use, and disclosure of personal information from children under 13.  The application was the first of its kind to be filed since the FTC added a voluntary parental consent approval process to its revised rule implementing… Continue Reading

CA Governor Signs Bill Providing Online Protections For Minors

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Children's Privacy, Marketing, Online, Social Media, State Legislatures, United States

Earlier this month, we blogged about the California Senate’s passage of the bill titled “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World”, which prohibits certain targeted advertising to California minors and requires that minors be allowed to delete materials they have posted online.  Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation, and it will… Continue Reading

CA Legislature Passes Bill Establishing Online Protections for Minors

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Children's Privacy, Online, Social Media, State Legislatures, United States

Last Friday the California Senate unanimously passed legislation titled, “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World,” which prohibits certain types of marketing to minors (defined as a natural person under the age of 18 residing in California) and allows minors to delete materials they have posted online.  The bill, which already cleared the… Continue Reading

FTC Reminds Mobile App Developers To Comply With Revised Children’s Privacy Requirements By July 1

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile, Privacy Policies, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters to more than 90 different companies who develop mobile apps that the FTC claims may be directed to children.  The letters emphasize that the FTC has not evaluated the apps or the companies’ practices to determine if they comply with the current or revised COPPA Rule.  Instead, the letters remind these… Continue Reading

FTC Votes To Retain July 1 Compliance Date for Revised COPPA Rule

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, United States

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted unanimously to retain the July 1, 2013 effective date for its revisions to the rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  As we previously wrote, the FTC adopted significant revisions to the COPPA rule in December 2012 and established a July 1, 2013 effective date.  In… Continue Reading

California Senate Unanimously Passes Online Privacy Bill That Would Give Minors an “Eraser Button”

Posted in Children's Privacy

Last week, the California Senate unanimously passed a bill that would give California minors the right to “remove content or information” that they submit to websites, online services, online applications, or mobile applications.  The term “content or information” is not defined, and could be interpreted broadly to include any text, photos, videos, audio files, or… Continue Reading

FTC’s Current Enforcement Priorities: Infographic

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile, United States

Speaking at a seminar hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Assistant Director Chris Olsen and Senior Attorney Peder Magee, both of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, provided a useful overview of the FTC’s recent enforcement actions and current enforcement priorities.  Based on this discussion, the following infographic identifies the… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Revised COPPA FAQs: Here’s What’s New

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Social Media, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has released its much anticipated revised COPPA FAQs.  Although these FAQs are not legally binding, they provide informal guidance to industry on staff’s interpretations of the COPPA Rule.  For the most part, the FAQs reiterate past guidance and emphasize key provisions of the new COPPA Rule and its Statement of Basis and Purpose.  However, here are 5 key things that the revised… Continue Reading

Student Privacy and the Cloud: Five Principles for Schools

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, United States

Advances in technology present opportunities to improve student learning, allow teachers and students to work more efficiently, and reduce operational costs for educational institutions.  Many schools are taking advantage of these benefits by implementing online course systems and cloud computing services that allow students and teachers to access their programs, e-mails, and documents online from… Continue Reading

FTC Settles Deception, COPPA Charges Against Social Networking App Path

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Social Media, United States

Path, a social networking mobile app, has agreed to enter into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regarding charges that the company deceived consumers by collecting contact information from users’ mobile address books without notice and consent.  The agreement also resolves charges that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”)… Continue Reading

The International Privacy Rights of the Child: A Computers, Freedom & Privacy Mini-Conference

Posted in Children's Privacy, International, United States

The U.S. took the lead in legislating privacy rights for children and parents in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act more than a decade ago.  Now the European Union has proposed including privacy protections for children in the Data Protection Regulation under discussion, and Latin American countries have included regulation of children’s privacy in new… Continue Reading

FTC Adopts Final COPPA Rule: What Businesses Should Know

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Privacy Policies, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has released its revised final rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), which governs (1) operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under the age of 13 and (2) operators of general audience websites or online services that have actual knowledge that a user is… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Second Report on Mobile Apps Directed To Children

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile, Privacy Policies, United States

The Federal Trade Commission released today its second report on mobile apps directed to children.  The report, which follows up on an analysis that staff conducted in February 2012, examined the privacy disclosures of hundreds of kid-directed mobile apps and tested the apps’ practices against these disclosures to determine if the disclosures were accurate and complete.   Staff found the results… Continue Reading

FTC Imposes $1 Million Fine Against Musicians’ Fan Websites for COPPA Violations

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, United States

By Lindsey Tonsager and Mike Nonaka On October 2, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission filed a proposed consent decree resolving claims that Artist Arena LLC violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting and disclosing email addresses, birth dates and other personal information from more than 100,000 children younger than the age of… Continue Reading

COPPA Comments Now Due September 24, 2012

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission

Earlier today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a two-week extension for submitting comments on the FTC’s latest proposed revisions to the rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  In place of the original September 10, 2012, deadline, comments will now be accepted until September 24, 2012. The FTC granted the extension after sixteen… Continue Reading

FTC Proposes Additional Revisions to COPPA Rule

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, United States

By Lindsey Tonsager and Shel Abramson Earlier this morning, the FTC proposed additional revisions to the rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  COPPA governs the online collection, use, and disclosure of children’s personal information by (1) operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under the age of 13… Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Opinion on Children’s Privacy

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Children's Privacy, European Union, International, Social Media

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) has issued an opinion on Europe’s strategy for protecting children on the Internet.  The European Commission consults with the EDPS on a variety of data protection issues.  However, the opinions of the EDPS are not legally binding.  Among other things, the EDPS expressed support for:  The implementation of technical tools, such as… Continue Reading

New Jersey AG Settles COPPA Suit Against Mobile App Developer

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile, United States

The New Jersey Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs have announced a settlement with 24x7digital, the developer of the “TeachMe” mobile apps for preschool through second-grade children, to resolve claims that the company violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).    The state alleged that children were encouraged to submit their full names, along with a photograph,… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Examine Impact of Media and Marketing On Children

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Children's Privacy, Congress, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Marketing, United States

Earlier today, members of Congress and regulators gathered for a symposium on “The Impact of Media on the Health & Well-Being of Children.”   Participants included Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, and Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, as well as researchers… Continue Reading

FTC Refers Children’s Privacy Case Back To CARU

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Online, United States

The FTC has decided not to pursue an enforcement action against Clearwater Aquarium for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule.  In February 2012, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (“CARU”) referred the Clearwater Aquarium’s website to the FTC for review under COPPA after the Aquarium reportedly did not respond to CARU’s inquiry.  CARU… Continue Reading

Do Not Track Kids Bill Gains Cosponsors

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Children's Privacy, Congress, Online, Social Media

Over the last few weeks, a number of cosponsors have been added to the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011 (H.R. 1895), bringing the total number of cosponsors to 29.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Markey and Rep. Barton on May 13, 2011.  Earlier this month, the two members also hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss how… Continue Reading

FTC Approves New COPPA Safe-Harbor Program

Posted in Children's Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, United States

The Federal Trade Commission on Feb. 24 announced it had approved a new safe-harbor program for online services that are subject to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that regulates the online collection of personal information from children under 13. Under COPPA and the FTC’s implementing rule, online services that comply… Continue Reading