Tag Archives: COPPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFIEC Proposes Social Media Guidance

On January 22, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council proposed guidance on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to activities conducted via social media by depository institutions.  The proposed guidance would not impose additional compliance obligations on institutions.  Instead, the guidance is intended to help financial institutions understand potential … Continue Reading

FTC Attorneys Offer Guidance On New COPPA Rule

Yesterday, two Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attorneys addressed several key issues raised by the Commissions’ revised final rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  Speaking at a webinar sponsored by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Mamie Kresses and Phyllis Marcus, both senior attorneys at the FTC who focus on COPPA issues, discussed … Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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

FTC Releases Privacy Guide for Mobile Application Developers

The Federal Trade Commission has released a guide, Marketing Your Mobile App: Get It Right from the Start, to help mobile application developers comply with truth-in-advertising standards and privacy principles.  Although the guide is informal and not binding guidance, it does represent helpful FTC commentary.  The guide notes that a one-size fits all approach is not workable since … Continue Reading

COPPA Comments Now Due September 24, 2012

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

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 and (2) operators of general audience … Continue Reading

New Jersey AG Settles COPPA Suit Against Mobile App Developer

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

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

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

RockYou Reaches Settlement With FTC Over Child Privacy and Data Security Allegations

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has settled charges against RockYou, a game and entertainment website.  The FTC alleged that RockYou knowingly collected email addresses and passwords and other information from 179,000 children without their parents’ consent.  It also alleged that RockYou failed to employ adequate security features to protect the information of … Continue Reading

Do Not Track Kids Bill Gains Cosponsors

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

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

FTC Report Calls For More Notice Involving Mobile Apps Directed To Kids, Warns Enforcement Could Come Over Next Six Months

The FTC staff released a report today calling for participants in the mobile app ecosystem — including app developers, app stores, and third parties who collect data through mobile apps — to provide better privacy notices to parents about mobile apps directed to children, and warning that over the next six months, staff will be conducting additional reviews … Continue Reading

Commenters Urge FTC to Streamline COPPA Rule “Multiple Operator” Provision

Nearly 200 individuals, businesses, and industry organizations recently filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule. COPPA requires operators of certain websites or online services to, among other things, provide notice and obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information online from … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Flash Cookie and COPPA Claims

Online advertiser ScanScout has entered into a consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in connection with claims it made that consumers could opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their computer’s web browser settings to block cookies.  According to the FTC, these claims were deceptive with respect to the use of so-called “Flash … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Discusses COPPA Updates, Teen Privacy

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held the latest in its series of hearings on Internet privacy Wednesday morning. The hearing — titled “Protecting Children’s Privacy in an Electronic World” — focused on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed updates to the regulations implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act … Continue Reading
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