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Collecting children’s voice commands without parental consent is allowed under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), but only for the purpose of converting it into text, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clarified....

In a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) asked the agency which steps in intends to take to protect children’s privacy following several data hacks. In particular, the Senator enquired whethe...

Privacy groups in the EU and the US have launched a campaign and started filing complaints to relevant national authorities against internet-connected dolls, which they believe violate children’s privacy. The combined advocacy effort was trigge...

On 21 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CCD), Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Public Citizen, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google, Disney’s Maker Studios and three other companie...

On 11 July, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company misled consumers by failing to adequately disclose it paid online influential video games enthusiasts to advertise the video game Middle ...

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 7 April, several consumer associations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against the recently launched YouTube for Kids (see AEf Alert 23/02/15) on the grounds that it breaches of Section 5 of the FTC Act which prohibits un...

On 3 September, a group of Congressional Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to strengthen its oversight of food and beverage companies and ensure that they are making progress on reducing unhealthy food marketing ...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions document to assist online operators as they work to comply with changes to the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule that went ...

According to news reports, the FTC has begun investigating tech companies suspected of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The COPPA law was revised last year and entered into force on 1 January 2014, but the FTC ga...

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 15 January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Apple has agreed to pay at least $32.5 million in refund to parents whose children were able to make purchases in Apple's App Store without the informed consent of their parents. The F...

On 15 November, Facebook clarified its privacy policies for under 18’s following a joint letter sent by six US privacy organisations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last September expressing concerns over its revised privacy policy. Chan...

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&...

On 4 September, six US privacy organisations sent a joint letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and to members of Congress expressing concerns over Facebook’s new privacy policy which states that users under 18, in signing up to Facebook...

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 7 August, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (“CCFC”) requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action against Fisher-Price and software developer Open Solutions for deceptively marketing their mobile applications ...

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...

At the end of December 2012, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released “A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents” revealing that food and beverage companies spent less on marketing targeted to children and teenagers age...

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...

On 22 October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released nonbinding privacy protection guidelines for companies using facial recognition technology, such as operators of social networking sites and mobile apps developers. The guidelines outline bes...

According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s said in a statement on 20 October that social networking features were removed from its online games in response to a complaint put forward to the FTC by a coalition of children’s advocacy, hea...

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...

A coalition of children’s advocacy, health and public interest groups* plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this Wednesday against several children’s websites** on grounds that they violate the Children’s...

On 1 August, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Importantly, the FTC proposes to extend the application of COPPA to third parties collecting personal data (including thr...

On 20 June, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and 10 other consumer organisations and advocacy centres*, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting immediate action against the use of Madagascar 3-themed by Merck & ...

On 29 March, the American Academy of Pediatrics and NGO Children Now sent a joint letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jo Leibowitz urging the FTC to take action against “junk food” advertising to children and to issue a fina...

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...

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...

According to amendments to the 2012 spending bill adopted on 16 December in the House and on 17 December in the Senate, the US Congress will require the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on food marketed to children to conduct a cost-ben...

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...

On 19 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that consumer groups* have filed a complaint  with the Federal Trade Commission against PepsiCo/Frito-Lays urging it to take action and prevent future similar deceptive advertising ...

A representative from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amended parts of the Interagency Working Group’s (IWG) proposal for nutrition standards for food marketed to children during a House hearing on 12 October. David Vladeck, Director o...

On 27 September, seventy-five experts in nutrition, marketing, medicine and public health wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to ensure that the Interagency Working Group (IWG) completes its work and issues a strong set of marketing guidelin...

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...

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...

On 28 April, a US Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) published a draft of long-awaited nutritional standards entitled “Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts”. This development follows mounting f...




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...