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FTC Seeks Comment on COPPA Changes

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

September 15, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. The changes include updating the definition of personal information to include geolocation and identifiers such as online cookies; clarifying the direct notice operators must give parents prior to collecting children's personal information; new methods of obtaining parental consent, including electronic scans of parent signatures and videoconferencing; strengthening rules on third-party security provisions, and fortified FTC oversight of self-regulatory safe harbor programs. The FTC initiated a review of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in 2010. The proposed amendments take into consideration feedback following a public roundtable and industry submissions.
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