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Expert: COPPA Should Be Changed

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 3, 2011

Earlier this week, researchers released a report concluding that the efficacy of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is in question because parents may be unknowingly complicit in circumventing the law when helping children lie about their age for the purposes of opening Facebook profiles. The Daily Dashboard caught up with one of the report's authors to find out her perspectives on the study. In addition to changing COPPA, Microsoft Research Senior Researcher danah boyd believes privacy professionals and companies need to help improve media literacy for children and adults as well as consider implementing a "maturity rating system"--similar to the MPAA--for social media sites to help parents "quickly determine what is appropriate for their kids..." 
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