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The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it is extending until August 15, 2011, the deadline for public comments relating to a proposed safe harbor program that Aristotle International, Inc. has submitted for Commission approval under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

On June 21, 2011, the FTC announced that it is seeking public comment about Aristotle’s proposed self-regulatory guidelines to implement the FTC’s COPPA Rule; whether the proposed guidelines provide “the same or greater protections for children” as those contained in the Rule; whether the mechanisms used to assess operators’ compliance are effective; whether incentives for operators’ compliance with the guidelines are effective; and whether the guidelines provide adequate means for resolving consumer complaints. The announcement stated that the 45-day public comment period would last until August 8, 2011. The public comment period has now been extended until August 15, 2011.

Aristotle’s safe harbor application and the public comments received are posted on the FTC’s website at: Comments can be submitted here.

NOTE: Publication of this Federal Register notice does not indicate Commission approval of the safe harbor application. The Commission has 180 days to review proposed self-regulatory guidelines and must set forth its conclusions in writing.

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Contact Information

Claudia Bourne Farrell
Office of Public Affairs

Mamie Kresses or Phyllis Marcus,
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2070 or 202-326-2854