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A new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) complained that technology companies producing devices and software used for education purposes in schools collect and store children’s names, birth dates, browsing histories, contact lis...

Last week, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Chairwomen Edith Ramirez urging the FTC to work with Congress to increase the protection of children’s privacy from connected toys which can...

On 17 December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced two COPPA settlements against operators of child-directed mobile apps available for download in major app stores. These are the first cases involving the collection of persis...

Last November, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a new verifiable parental consent method under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for websites and online services collecting children’s data. Compani...

On 11 June, Senators J. Markey (D-Mass.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the “Do Not Track Kids” Act which aims to extend the provisions of the Children&rsq...

On 27 April, users of the website Nick.com filed a brief with the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals aiming to revive a lawsuit accusing Viacom and Google of violating privacy laws. According to the plaintiffs, Viacom violated users' video privacy rights b...

On 20 January, a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey dismissed the national wide privacy lawsuit against Google and Viacom accusing both companies of violating privacy of children under 13 by tracking their activities on Nickelodeon’s website. ...

The Federal Trade Commission has warned China-based developer BabyBus that its app range that teaches letters, numbers and shapes to children from ages one to six may be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule....

On 16 September, online customer-review service Yelp announced having agreed to pay $450,000 to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle charges that the company accepted registration to its services from children under 13 through its apps. Acco...

In an analysis of 40 websites popular among children, researchers found the majority of them tracked user activity, which may violate the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to COPPA, website operators and mobile app devel...

A federal judge in California dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook, which sought to represent minors who used the social media website and had their names used in advertisements. At issue was Facebook's use of minors' name...

Disney is under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for potential breaches of children's online privacy laws. The site's new privacy policy, posted late last year says that Disney collects and uses “persistent identifiers,” lik...

The Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General both claim that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children’s privacy law applies to teen privacy, in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case i...

On 28 January, the Federal Trade Commission released an updated version of its 2009 consumer guide “Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.” The revised booklet reflects changes in the online world and contains updated informat...

On 18 December, privacy advocates the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Disney’s subsidiary Marvelkids.com and Sanrio, - known for its Hello Kitty character - for violating the recently upd...

On 14 November, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.),  Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)  introduced a joint bill to extend, enhance and update the provisions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of children&...

The FTC has announced that it is seeking public comment on a new verifiable consent method proposed under the Voluntary Commission Approval Process provision of the COPPA Rule. A US-based technology services company called Imperium, LLC submitte...

Last week, Apple released updated guidelines for developers which ban targeted advertising in children’s apps and bring its policies in line with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by disallowing d...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on a proposed automated verifiable parental consent method submitted by US company AssertID for approval under the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) effect...

On 8 July, during a panel discussion held in Washington on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s update of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), FTC representatives said that the Commission was planning to give additional guidance...

Amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) go into effect on 1 July. The new rule greatly expands what kind of data requires verified parental consent before being collected from a child under 13, including...

On May 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it sent educational letters to over 90 businesses that appear to collect personal information from children under the age of 13, reminding them of the impending July 1 deadline for complian...

On 6 May, in a letter to five business groups, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Application Developers Alliance, the Federal Trade Commission said that it will not delay the implementation of the new Children's Online Privac...

On 25 March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a 38-page guidance document of “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) based on amended rules that go into effect on 1 ...

In a letter sent to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Edith Ramirez on 23 April, nearly 20 privacy and children’s advocacy groups wrote that delaying the enforcement of the revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as requ...

In a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman on 15 April, the Application Developers Alliance says developers and publishers need more time to adapt to the revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), scheduled to come...

On 25 March, the Senate of the State of Maryland passed a bill to protect children's personal data online. The original proposal, introduced on 25 January by Democrat Senator John C. Astle, aimed to prohibit the use of children's personal information...

On 8 March, research center “The Public Health Advocacy Institute” (PHAI)* published a legal issue brief designed to help State Attorneys General and stakeholders in children’s health and privacy challenge digital viral food marketi...

On 1 February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an agreement to a $800,000 settlement with Path Inc., a maker of a popular social networking app, over charges that it breached the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rul...

On 13 December, a broad coalition of nearly 60 organisations advocating for children, health, parents, privacy, and consumers wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to take into account recent advances in technology and new online mark...

On 10 December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the launch of a non-public investigation to determine whether certain entities in the mobile app marketplace are violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) or enga...

A survey of over 2000 adults finds overwhelming support for the basic principles of the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). A large majority of respondents in the survey (90%) expressed support for COPPA’s basic requireme...

Regulators will likely finish a long-awaited update to rules protecting children's online privacy by the end of the year, the head of the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Conference in Washin...

On 3 October, FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez announced that Artist Arena, the operator of fan sites for musicians Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Demi Lovato, agreed to pay a $1 million fine for illegally collecting information of 100 000 users under the...

In comments sent recently to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social networking site Facebook asked the Federal agency to soften its proposal for a revision of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook asks the FTC to c...

On 5 September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a set of basic guidelines to help mobile application (“apps”) developers comply with the relevant legislation. The guide, entitled “Marketing Your Mobile App: Get It Right...

On 27 June, a mobile applications developer sued by the State of New Jersey agreed to stop collecting and transmitting all children’s data who play its popular educational games and to destroy what it has already collected. New Jersey's attorn...

On 27 March, RockYou, Inc., an operator of a social game site, agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty for its alleged multiple violations of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). FTC accus...

In a report entitled “Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures are Disappointing” released on 16 February, the Federal Trade Commission highlights the lack of information available to parents prior to downloading mobile applicati...

On 25 January, the European Commission published a long-awaited proposal to review the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The proposal presented by Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding imposes mandatory parental consent for the collection of any data fro...

On 23 December, a coalition of public interest groups and privacy advocates including the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children Now, the Benton Foundation and World Privacy Forum, and the Consumer Feder...

On 13 December, US NGO the Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Webkinz World and its owner Ganz for alleged deceptive and unfair trade practices. According to CCFC, the website, pop...

The Federal Trade Commission settled charges on Tuesday against a website accused of collecting personal information from roughly 5,600 children without parental consent in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The...

A study entitled “Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age: Unintended consequences of the 'Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)” found that parents knowingly allow their children to lie about their age and of...

On 15 September, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Discarding calls for an increase in its age threshold (see AEF Alert 09/05/11), the new rules  would ma...

On 15 August, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first settlement against a mobile application (app) developer, fining the company for failing to obtain parental consent before collecting and processing personal information from thou...

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, told CNN Money he wishes to open up his social networking site to children under 13. Currently, the site’s policy aims to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the ...

On 12 May, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced having reached a settlement with Playdom Inc., an operator of numerous online virtual worlds, over charges that they violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule by il...

A survey of 2,089 online households conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 20 million minors actively used Facebook in the past year - 7.5 million were under 13 years old, circumventing the social network’s policy...

On 6 May, Rep. Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican published a “discussion draft” laying down the main points of a forthcoming proposal for a “Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011″ whic...




With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it's a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. Little surprise then that beginning next year the tech giant plans to create specific versio...

Many developers began holding their breath when changes to COPPA, the federal rule related to children’s online privacy, went into effect in July. Pretty much every app catering to children under 13 was in violation of the law, complained peopl...

There's a debate heating up over the recent changes to the children's privacy law in the United States. While some brands and websites directed at kids say the revised law hurts ad revenue through tighter restrictions around advertising, fo...

Smaller Companies Banning Behaviorally-Targeted Ads, Conducting Expensive Audits Changes to the children's privacy-protection law are keeping kids' site publishers awake at night. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act changes went into effect...

Dan Russell-Pinson has designed some of the top educational children’s apps for the iPhone and iPad. Monster Physics is a game that lets kids build virtual contraptions, operated by a customizable furry monster, to complete missions — ...

The Federal Trade Commission's proposed revisions of the rules that implement the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is well-meaning and well-timed. It's well-meaning in that the FTC truly does care about the privacy and safet...

Dan Russell-Pinson has designed some of the top educational children’s apps for the iPhone and iPad. Monster Physics is a game that lets kids build virtual contraptions, operated by a customizable furry monster, to complete missions — cl...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a revised set of proposed rules (PDF) regarding the implementation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). When implemented, this will be the first time the FTC has revised the rules sin...