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FTC Approves Oversight Program For Compliance With Kids’ Online Privacy Rules

The FTC announced today that the agency has approved a new “safe harbor” certification program for websites that handle childrens’ personal data. The kidSAFE program will certify websites and programs that meet the standards of the the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. [More]

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FTC Closes Loophole That Let Website Plug-Ins Collect Personal Info About Kids Under 13

The Federal Trade Commission has announced updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule intended to bolster the privacy protections for Internet users under the age of 13 while giving parents greater control over what information websites and online services collect from these kids. [More]

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FTC: Mobile Apps Made For Kids Are Secretly Collecting Info On Minors, Sharing It

The Federal Trade Commission has been doing some digging around to make sure kids on the Internet are protected and has subsequently come up with some shocking news. Most of the mobile apps the agency checked out by way of the Google Play and the Apple App store are not only gathering info from kids without parents’ knowledge or their permission, they’re also sharing it. [More]

Facebook Decides It Does Want Access To Your Under-13 Children After All

Facebook Decides It Does Want Access To Your Under-13 Children After All

This time last year, Mark Zuckerberg stirred up some controversy when he said the company was willing to fight for the right to allow children under the age of 13 to use Facebook. He later said his statement had been taken out of context, but now it looks like the social media mega-site is actually working on ways to legally allow pre-teens to join. [More]

FTC Settles With RockYou Over Breach That Exposed 32 Million E-Mail Addresses & Passwords

FTC Settles With RockYou Over Breach That Exposed 32 Million E-Mail Addresses & Passwords

More than two years after a breach at RockYou — the folks behind a number of popular Facebook apps and other online games like Zoo World — exposed the personal information of 32 million users to hackers, the company has finally reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. [More]

FTC Proposes Changes To Law Protecting Kids' Privacy Online

FTC Proposes Changes To Law Protecting Kids' Privacy Online

The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Act, which would strengthen the law’s ability to protect children under the age of 13. [More]