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Questions Persist Over 12-and-Under Social Networking

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

July 16, 2012

ADWEEK reports on Facebook’s response to questions from Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) on how it “would handle child users or if it would target advertising to them.” Facebook’s Erin Egan wrote, “At this point, we have made no final decision whether to change our current approach of prohibiting children under 13 from joining Facebook.” The company’s nine-page response highlights its current practices and notes its “policies are in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act,” the report states. Markey has responded, “Now is the time we put children's privacy laws on the books” to ensure online companies do not violate their privacy.
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