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COPPA’s “Safe Harbor” Grows with FTC’s Approval of iKeepSafe’s Self-Regulating Framework

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it approved iKeepSafe’s Safe Harbor Program application, allowing the company’s self-regulating framework to serve as a safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy...more

FTC Updates COPPA FAQs Again – Revisions to Part H Gives App Developers and Parents Welcomed Clarification on Parental Consent

Continuing our Blog’s updates on the Federal Trade Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, we highlight that the FTC revised three portions of “Part...more

Websites and Apps Have More COPPA Options

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved an additional method for website operators and mobile application ("app") developers to obtain parental consent to collect identifying information from children. It also...more

FTC Clarifies COPPA “Verifiable Parental Consent” Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) modified guidelines it issues to developers who make apps specifically for children. App developers have taken advantage of the soaring lucrative app market aimed at a younger audience that...more

App Developers Should Note Revisions to COPPA FAQs

The FTC’s July 10, 2014 complaint filed against Amazon has left app developers with concerns about how to make apps that target kids and still comply with the law. The complaint, brought under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act,...more

Ten Legal Practice Tips: Developing and Distributing Apps

Apps likely contain several elements of intellectual property. Protect copyrights, patents and trade secrets as you would in other software projects (employee and contractor agreements, copyright registrations, trademark...more

Advertising Law -- May 31, 2013

A Friendly Reminder from the FTC: You May Be in Trouble - Continuing the countdown to the effective date of the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational...more

Selected Highlights from the FTC's COPPA FAQs

The FTC posted on its website an updated version of its COPPA FAQs. (The FTC amended its COPPA Rule in December 2012, which we summarized in this Alert.) The deadline for complying with the amended COPPA Rule is July 1, 2013....more

Privacy Regulators Take to the Web in Search of Deficient Privacy Policies

Regulators have historically taken a reactive approach to privacy and information security issues related to websites and mobile apps, often waiting to take action until a potential violation has been brought to their...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Social Networking App and Issues Staff Report Regarding Mobile Device Privacy Disclosures

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced an agreement with social network mobile application ("app") operator Path, Inc. ("Path") to settle the FTC's claims that Path collected personal information...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

FTC Assesses $800,000 Fine Against Mobile App Operator and Issues Mobile Privacy and Security Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has emphasized in the past that general privacy protections in the website space apply equally to mobile services, but a new FTC Staff Report released on Friday hones in on some privacy...more

The Download - January 2013

In this issue: Heard on the Hill - Congress Updates the Video Privacy Protection Act - Congressional Developments in Mobile Privacy Around the Agencies: - FTC Updates COPPA Rule - Mobile Privacy Still...more

FTC Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

The FTC guidance released February 1 is Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency: A Federal Trade Commission Staff Report. In Mobile Privacy Disclosures, the FTC as the primary federal regulator on...more

FTC Path Settlement - Text Copy of Chairman's Remarks

Full text copy of Federal Trade Commission Jon Leibowitz’s remarks on the agency’s $800,000 settlement with social networking app Path for deceiving users by collecting personal information without authorization, and by...more

Privacy Update: Complying With COPPA Under The FTC's New Children's Online Privacy Protection Rules

In December 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued updated rules to the Child's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which significantly expand COPPA's scope and application. COPPA, which governs the collection,...more

FTC Updates Rule for Children’s Online Privacy Protection

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently updated the rule for children’s online privacy protection, expanding a business’s obligations and accountability for online data collection activities....more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - January 2013

In this issue: - FTC Releases Final Amendments to Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule - Mobile Apps Face Heightened Privacy Enforcement - Policies and Practices Scrutinized - Global and European...more

FTC Announces COPPA Rule Changes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its final rule amendments today in the Federal Register updating the FTC regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule)....more

FTC Strengthens Laws To Protect Children’s Privacy

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for the first time in nearly 15 years, by significantly amending the Children’s Online...more

FTC Survey: Disclosure Of Use Of Private Information In Mobile Apps For Children Is Insufficient

A report recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reveals that mobile applications targeted at children often collect and share children’s private information with third parties but generally do not provide...more

FTC Expands Scope Of Children's Privacy Law To Keep Pace With New Technologies

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (the Rule), which applies to operators of commercial websites or online services that (1) are...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Consumer Data Collection

Recent FTC and California Attorney General actions highlight the need to reassess privacy policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently ordered the data brokerage industry to provide information on the collection...more

FTC Issues Substantially Revised COPPA Rule, Effective July 1, 2013: Review of Changes and Compliance Tips

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) announced long-awaited amendments to its rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“Rule”). The changes – which take effect on July 1,...more

Updated COPPA Rule – “Strong, Stronger and Yet Stronger” or Just More Confusion?

After years of consideration and feedback the Federal Trade Commission released the final revision to the 14-year old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The FTC began its review of the Rule back in April...more

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