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FTC updates COPPA: Did they address public concern?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to increase protection for children under age 13 online and on mobile devices. COPPA had previously not been updated since 1998 – before the widespread popularity of smartphones, apps, and social networking sites. In updating COPPA, the FTC hopes to address children’s privacy concerns in the age of today’s technology.

Under the amended COPPA, geolocation information, photographs, and videos cannot be collected from children under age 13 without parental notice and consent. Additionally, app developers and plugin developers must be compliant with COPPA restrictions about collection of personal information from users under age 13. The COPPA amendments will take effect on July 1, 2013. For more information on COPPA amendments, visit FTC.gov.

Before the FTC announced amendments to COPPA, we asked the public for their opinions on some of the proposed updates. Overall, the public expressed strong support for extending COPPA protections to apps. Read the full report: Public supports expanded Internet safety requirements to protect kids.

Public support for proposed updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

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What are your thoughts on the FTC’s updates to COPPA? Will these increased protections address your concerns about children’s online privacy? Let us know what you think in the comments section.