“An Examination of Children’s Privacy: New Technologies and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)”

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EPIC Urges Congress to Extend Children's Privacy Law to Teenagers and Social Network Services, Says Current Law Has Failed to Keep Up with New Business Practices

EPIC President Marc Rotenberg testified today before the Senate Commerce Committee. He said that "COPPA did not anticipate the immersive online experience that a social network service would provide or the extensive data collection of both the trivial and the intimate information that children would share with friends." Mr. Rotenberg also pointed to the FTC's failure to enforce children's privacy rights despite clear-cut violations of the fedral law. EPIC recommended updates that would expand COPPA protections to teens and clarify the law's application to mobile and social network services.

Please see Testimony and Statement for the Record of Marc Rotenberg below for more information.

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