The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1998 to protect children's privacy by regulating what personal information may be collected from children's... more +
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1998 to protect children's privacy by regulating what personal information may be collected from children's online activity. The law applies to commercial websites and online services directed at children under thirteen years of age and regulates how personal information may be collected, stored or used.  less -
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The YouTube Kids app is here! Now what?

Google made good on the rumors and the company’s subsequent promise last December to create a family-friendly version of its popular YouTube service with its launch on Monday of the YouTube Kids app. Available on both the App...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - February 2015

In this issue: - Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What's the Deal? - Consumer and Financial Institution Class Actions Survive Motions to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Litigation - California Amends...more

Legal Issues to Consider Before Starting Big Data Projects

We read every day about the myriad of purposes for which enterprises are embarking on Big Data projects. Securing C-suite buy in and funding may be a significant endeavor, as is implementing an analytic approach to yield...more

The FTC Did Some Kid-ding Around in 2014

2014 was a busy year for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC announced something new under COPPA nearly every month, including...more

FTC Releases Report on the “Internet of Things”

On January 28, the FTC released a comprehensive report detailing what the so-called “Internet of Things” is, how it is being used, and how both consumers and businesses can protect themselves. The report defines the Internet...more

School’s Out: COPPA’s Limiting Reach in the Classroom

On January 23, 2015, Senior Attorney Lesley Fair at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) posted on the Agency’s business blog clarifying how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) applies to schools. COPPA...more

Viacom and Google Win Important Dismissal in Online Tracking Class Action

Last week the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed, with prejudice, class action claims against Google and Viacom concerning targeted advertising and the online tracking of children through...more

When Try, Try Again Does Not Succeed: FTC Denies AgeCheq, Inc.’s Second Parental Consent Application Under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission announced that is has denied AgeCheq, Inc.’s second proposed verifiable parental consent method under the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. After trying but failing last...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

White House Previews Ambitious (if Familiar) Privacy and Cybersecurity Proposals for 2015

On January 20, 2015, President Obama will address Congress with his annual State of the Union report. On Monday, the president spoke at the Federal Trade Commission, providing a “sneak peek” of the privacy and cybersecurity...more

Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All

Online privacy is a growing concern for us all. As a mobile app owner or developer, you must include a privacy policy in your app that details the information you collect from users and the manner in which that information is...more

FTC Takes COPPA Compliance Seriously - So Should You

BabyBus (Fujian) Network Technology Co., Ltd. ("BabyBus" or "Company") is a China-based developer of children's apps that markets dozens of apps for toddlers and young children mainly between the ages of 1 and 6. On December...more

Recent legal actions highlight issues of children’s online privacy

Companies with online sites and services that expressly target a young audience, such as websites and mobile apps providing entertainment, games or educational enrichment specifically oriented toward children, should already...more

Alert: New California Privacy Law for Minors Has Taken Effect as of January 2015

California S.B. 568, titled "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World," (the "Privacy Law") took effect January 1, 2015. The new Privacy Law includes a provision known as the "Eraser Law" that gives...more

California Privacy Law Update: What to Prepare for in 2015 and Beyond

California Governor Edmund G. Brown has been busy over the last year and a half, signing several bills into law that strengthen California’s privacy laws in various areas. The bills range in scope from invasion of privacy and...more

Consumer Groups Push FTC To Investigate Popular Candy Social Media Contest For Alleged Violations Of COPPA

According to a Request for Investigation filed with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on December 9, 2014, a coalition of consumer and children’s privacy rights organizations has asked for a federal investigation of the...more

New California Privacy Laws

California continues to lead the way in passing new or updating existing data protection legislation. The weekly disclosure of new data breaches that involve retail and other corporations has focused the general public...more

Social media sweepstakes: 10 things you should know

“How did we have sweepstakes before Facebook?” That question, which I heard during a call last week, summarizes the tremendous impact that social media has had on the use of sweepstakes and contests. These promotions are more...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

AgeCheq, Inc. Looking for Second Bite at the Parental Consent Apple

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has denied AgeCheq, Inc.’s proposed verifiable parental consent method application, which relied on existing verifiable consent methods but also utilized a third-party common...more

Certifying privacy compliance: Is TRUSTe sufficiently trusty?

People concerned about privacy often ask, “Who can you trust?” And thus it’s worrisome when even a trusted intermediary — indeed, a privacy certification provider named for trust, TRUSTe — turns out to have a trustworthiness...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Settlement with TRUSTe Over Privacy Seal Program

On November 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with True Ultimate Standards Everywhere (TRUSTe) resolving allegations that TRUSTe failed to conduct annual recertifications for its privacy seal...more

FTC Exposes Certification Flaws with TRUSTe Seals

TRUSTe, Inc.’s online certifications are not always trustworthy according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC found, and TRUSTe agreed, that the company misled consumers in two respects. First, TRUSTe failed to...more

California’s “Online Eraser” Law for Minors to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015

On Jan. 1, 2015, California’s “Online Eraser” law will take effect, requiring websites and other online service operators to delete on demand any content posted by minors. The law also prohibits such operators from sharing...more

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