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COPPA Modifications Play Catch-Up with Technology

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 2, 2012

The New York Times reports on the FTC’s proposed modifications to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, which would “dictate that both the operator of a website that is directed at children and any third-party advertising network or application” would be responsible for complying. An FTC spokeswoman said the change would “close an apparent or possible loophole in the rule,” which was enacted four years before Facebook and the third-party apps it hosts. The proposal would also apply to a website that attracts both children and adults, requiring it ask a user’s age and then apply privacy protections to those under the age of 13. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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