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Developers Still at a Loss Over COPPA Compliance

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

November 6, 2013

Bloomberg reports that four months after changes to COPPA went into effect, “Many developers are still at a loss: Not only are they not complying with the law, they don’t even know how to do so.” Noting that companies are not clamoring to “openly acknowledge a failure of compliance with rules,” the report quotes Matt McDonnell of Famigo, which operates a children’s applications rating service, as saying, “The universal characteristic of these developers that we work with is that they are even further behind than the FTC thinks.” One key reason why, the report suggests, “is the counterintuitive requirement that developers collect more information about the users whose privacy is at stake.” Editor’s Note: The IAPP Resource Center provides answers to FAQs from the FTC related to COPPA enforcement, parental notice and consent and more.
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