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Debate Looms Over Teens and the Web

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 8, 2010

Possible changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) aimed at giving parents control over what information Web sites collect from their children is stirring debate about teen privacy, FOX News reports. Some advocacy groups are championing changing the law to expand parental notification for the collection data from children--currently required for those under the age of 13--up to the age of 18 due to concerns about public access to minors' personal information. Others suggest, however, that free speech and privacy will be "very dramatically" affected if the law is changed. The Federal Trade Commission will continue to gather public input as part of its COPPA review through July 12.  
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