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The Federal Trade Commission has extended until December 23, 2011, the deadline for the public to submit comments on proposed amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, which gives parents control over what personal information websites and online services may collect from children under 13. In September, the FTC announced that it was proposing amendments to ensure that the Rule continues to protect children’s privacy as online technologies evolve, with comments due by November 28, 2011. Citing the nature and complexity of the questions and issues raised by the proposed amendments, a number of organizations requested that the Commission extend the comment deadline.

The Commission vote to extend the deadline to December 23, 2011 was 4-0.

To file a comment online, write “COPPA Rule Review, 16 CFR Part 312, Project No. P-104503” on the comment, and follow the instructions on the web-based form found at: To file comments on paper, mail or deliver them to: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex E) 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580.

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Claudia Bourne Farrell,
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