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
The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store....more
The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it seeks public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application proposed by AgeCheq, Inc., to enable apps, websites and advertisers to obtain parental consent...more
COPPA Gets Parental Consent Updates -
With changes that should make it easier to develop child-directed apps, the Federal Trade Commission recently updated its guidance for verifying parental consent under the...more
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more
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
The FTC has issued three new FAQs clarifying the “verifiable parental consent” requirements under the COPPA Rule.
In one of the revised FAQs, the FTC reiterates that the COPPA Rule’s list of parental consent methods is...more
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
The Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its consumer protection efforts on the mobile arena, and particularly video game companies operating in that arena.
Early last year, the FTC issued several staff...more
The Federal Trade Commission announced its sizeable settlement agreement with Apple, Inc. on Wednesday, over allegations that the company had violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by billing consumers...more
What Is COPPA?
•Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998
•Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more
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
On February 1, 2012, “smart journal” application provider, Path, Inc. (“Path”) agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that it deceived consumers and improperly collected personal information in violation of...more
On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Path, Inc., a social networking mobile application developer. Path offers and distributes "smart journal" mobile apps, which permit users to...more
The FTC announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week.
The FTC’s Settlement with Path...more
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) has announced that his office is launching a new Internet Privacy Unit designed to address issues related to online privacy and to ensure that companies are in compliance with...more
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
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
After a two-year comment process, the Federal Trade Commission adopted its long-awaited amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule in December 2012. The amendments, which go into effect July 1, 2013,...more
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
Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more
As we continue our “new year, new look” series into important privacy issues for 2013, we boldly predict...more
On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") adopted the first amendments to the Rule promulgated under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (hereinafter, "COPPA" for the Act, and "COPPA Rule" for the...more
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
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
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