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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 -

FTC Settles with Online Talent Search Site over COPPA Violations

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint against the operator of an online talent search company, asserting that the talent search company’s collection and disclosure of children’s personal...more

Child’s Play: VTech Settles FTC Lawsuit Over Data Security in Connected Toys

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On January 8, 2018, the FTC announced that VTech, maker of electronic toys for children, agreed to settle charges that it violated the law by collecting personal information without parental consent....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2018

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss Poland's potential exemptions from the new EU data law and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recommendations for U.S. banks faced with...more

Voice Recordings, Interconnected Apps and Parental Consent: An Update on COPPA Privacy Compliance

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As children's activities on the Internet have expanded, many states and the federal government have enacted legislation to regulate such activities and other "smart" children’s products—products that collect, transmit or...more

FTC Carves New Path for Collecting Voice Recordings from Children Without Parental Consent

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided new guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against companies collecting voice recordings from children, loosening the rules on how...more

FTC Finds COPPA Disconnect With VTech Connected Toys

In its first case involving connected toys, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with VTech Electronics over allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

5 Takeaways from the FTC’s First COPPA Settlement Over Internet-Connected Toys

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The Federal Trade Commission on Jan. 8 announced its first settlement of alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act arising from internet-connected toys. The FTC complaint against VTech followed the...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues Privacy and Data Security Report for 2017

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On January 18th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Annual Privacy and Data Security Update, recapping its enforcement actions, workshops, and other privacy and data security activities in 2017. Enforcement...more

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The internet of things – the holy grail of tech enthusiasts and bane of dystopian prophets – has established yet another beachhead in its presumably inevitable march toward whatever future awaits us: toys. Take, for...more

IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

Settlement Offers Guidance on What “Reasonable” Security Means Under COPPA

The FTC’s COPPA Guidance does an admirable job explaining the basics of what a business needs to do to comply with COPPA, but is vague as to how a business must protect personal information collected from children. The COPPA...more

Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

by BakerHostetler on

Every year, especially around the holidays, more and more products that connect to the internet hit the market. For adults, connected home devices that act like personal domestic assistants have become increasingly popular....more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

FTC Brings First-Ever “Connected” Toys Privacy and Data Security Case; US, Canada, and Hong Kong Privacy Regulators Coordinate...

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On January 8, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its first-ever privacy and data security case involving Internet-connected toys. VTech Electronics Limited and its US subsidiary (VTech), maker of...more

FTC Announces Settlement Involving Connected Toys

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier this week, the FTC announced its first settlement involving internet-connected toys. The FTC alleged that the Kid Connect app used with some of VTech’s toys collected personal information from hundreds of thousands of...more

Collecting Information From Children

by Bryan Cave on

The United States has relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children off-line. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy...more

Federal Agencies Respond to Concerns About Student Privacy

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Education (ED) increasingly are responding to concerns about educational technology and its ability to capture and manipulate massive quantities of private student and...more

The Internet of Toys: Legal and Privacy Issues with Connected Toys

by Dickinson Wright on

Most people have heard of the Internet of Things, or IoT. With the holidays fast approaching, and with the onslaught of new smart and Internet-connected smart toys, for parents and toy manufacturers, at least for the next few...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Breakingviews on Broadcom’s threat to Qualcomm’s board in the form of a slate of 11 director nominees for the company it has, so far, unsuccessfully attempted to purchase....more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...more

Voice-Activated Devices May Collect Audio from Children

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A new FTC policy eliminates the requirement to obtain parental consent to collect a recording of a child’s voice in certain circumstances....more

FTC Speaks Out on Children’s Voice Recordings

In a new Enforcement Policy Statement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decreased the burden for operators with regard to the collection of certain audio voice recordings of children under the age of 13....more

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Internet technology has slowly grown to rival and in some cases supplant traditional broadcast news sources. In the wake of this sea change, long-established certitudes about the role played by media providers are being...more

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