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Advocates Endorse COPPA Changes

CHILREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

January 3, 2012

A coalition of advocacy groups has endorsed the Federal Trade Commission's updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, reports The Hill. The updates would require websites offering youth content to provide clearer notifications for parents surrounding data collection and expand the definition of personal information to include online and locational tracking data. The 17 groups in the coalition--including the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), American Academy of Pediatrics and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse--submitted comments stating, "Strong arguments can be made that behavioral targeting is an inappropriate, unfair and deceptive practice when used to influence children under 13."
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