Submission Number: 00047
Received: 11/28/2011 6:16:19 PM
Commenter: Maneesh Pangasa
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503
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However, that doesn't stop some kids who want to use such services from lying about their age when they attempt to register and choose a birth year that indicates they are old enough to use such services. Can we blame children fascinated with technology that want to use it? Not every kid can be kicked off Facebook or will be. When or if a company gets to know a child too young to use said company's website (according to the company's terms and conditions) -- that is it is somehow reported just as they suspend profiles used abusively they may delete and/or suspend user's access to said accounts.
Nevertheless, websites like Facebook and Google are a big part of the Web and kids with Internet access should not be deprived from using popular websites. There are a few radical solutions 1) parents shouldn't allow their children to use the internet at all -- 2) just as educational institutions can block certain websites from being accessed on their computers a parent can use software to block their child from visiting specific websites while allowing them to go to other ones. If a parent chooses to do so it is up to them but it would be wrong for government to censor children's access to the internet or anyone's access for that matter. Even if it were possible for government to do so they shouldn't.
I urge the FTC to protect children's online privacy and protect everyone's online privacy to the best of their ability. The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the FTC in 2009 against Facebook that reportedly the FTC is nearing a settlement with Facebook on soon. However, there are fresh complaints of privacy violations also at Facebook worth investigating.