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Lawmakers, Stakeholders Discuss COPPA, Facebook Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 15, 2011

At a public forum in Washington, DC, yesterday, lawmakers, regulators and experts agreed that the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is imperative and effective when it comes to keeping kids safe, but more must be done. As the end to the FTC's public comment period on proposed changes to COPPA approaches, discussion at the forum centered around whether children are capable of giving "meaningful consent;" the feasibility of an "eraser button" for children and teens, and the role parents play in keeping their kids safe. Also discussed was the FTC's recent settlement with Facebook over its privacy practices, with EPIC's Mark Rotenberg calling on the FTC to strengthen the deal.
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