The FTC has just announced a broad settlement with Google. Let’s talk about one aspect, the consent order on “standard-essential patents” (SEP). It’s an important issue; the New York Times noted that “legal experts say Google’s settlement with the F.T.C. signals progress in clarifying the rules of engagement in high-tech patent battles, and thus could ease them.”
As has been widely reported, the FTC recently amended its COPPA Rule enforcing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. There’s a lot to be said about the new amendments to the Rule—indeed, a lot is being said—but as this is the FTC Tech Blog, I’m going to restrict my comments to technical aspects. Today, I’m going to talk about signaling—the way that a website can signal its COPPA status to the operators of other sites who provide it with some of the content that users see.