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Facebook: COPPA Changes Violate Constitutional Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 1, 2012

Facebook says proposed COPPA changes violate free speech rights, The Hill reports. In a filing with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Facebook said the proposed provision preventing children under the age of 13 from “liking” or recommending websites violates the First Amendment. “The Supreme Court has recognized on numerous occasions that teens are entitled to First Amendment protection,” the company said. The changes would also prevent websites from installing cookies to track children’s web movements. Facebook has asked the FTC for clarification that “websites will still be allowed to advertise directly to children,” the report states.
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