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F.T.C. Releases COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) Rules Update

5:56 pm on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The federal government on Wednesday announced a landmark update to child online privacy laws, establishing guidelines that make it harder to track a gadget-obsessed generation with constant access to the Web.

The Federal Trade Commission’s new rules come amid a two-year debate over how far the government should go to protect the privacy of children 12 and younger without curbing the business practices of a thriving Web economy that relies on their data for advertising.

F.T.C. Releases COPPA Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) Rules Update [washingtonpost.com]
Under new amendments, the FTC said firms must seek permission from parents to collect a child’s photographs, videos and geo-locational information — all content that social media, online games and mobile devices have made easy to share.

The consumer protection agency said it will also “close a loophole” that had allowed kid-directed apps and Web sites to allow third-party plug-ins such as Facebook and Twitter to collect personal information about children without a parental notice.

11:18 pm on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Fail up front on both ends:

- Those kids will proof their age by entering their birthday - surely none would ever lie or even have fake IDs already.

- Those serving it up can evade it by merely moving their operation out of the USA - there's not even a need to move it into international waters as there's no equivalent of COPPA in most countries out there.

Anyway: I used to have COPPA enable on a forum while it was hosted in the USA, never had a single request to approve anything.
1:46 am on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Inquiring minds want to know:

How does a website verify that the person clicking button A-- or responding to e-mail sent to address A-- is the custodial parent of the minor who clicked button B or registered with e-mail address B?

"Ironically, the public library is able to get more data about children than I can at this point"

Like the man said: this is a new usage of the word "ironic" that I had not previously encountered.