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If you think Ed Tech is the gruff guy in the polo shirt who set up your network, you’re missing out on a revolution happening right now in America’s classrooms. With more than half of K-12 students able to access school-issued personal computing devices, Ed Tech – educational...
Is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule a consideration at your company? We’ve updated our guidance for businesses about complying with COPPA to reflect developments in the marketplace – for example, the introduction of internet-connected toys and other devices for kids...
If you’d like details about how the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act was amended to recalculate penalties using a formula based on the percentage by which the Department of Labor’s October 2015 Consumer Price Index exceeds the Index for October in the year in which the...
It turns out the real estate people have been right all along. A settlement with InMobi, one of world’s largest mobile ad networks, suggests that for consumers, it really is about location, location, location – or at least honoring consumers’ location privacy preferences and not...
At the Federal Trade Commission, we’ve been very public about how we feel about privacy: we want consumers to enjoy the benefits of innovation in the marketplace, confident that their personal information – online and offline – is being handled responsibly.
Some operators of websites and online services directed at children would do well to learn a lesson that youngsters often know: ask permission before using something that’s not yours.
What information are kids’ app developers collecting, who are they sharing it with, and what are they telling parents about their practices? The FTC staff first asked those questions in 2012. Fast forward three years, and how have things changed? According to the FTC’s Office of...
Parents and educators have been thinking a lot lately about the interplay between schools and the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. So we’ve revised our COPPA FAQs to address the questions you’re asking.
We often get questions about how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies in the school setting. The COPPA Rule gives parents control over what information “an operator of a Web site or online service” – yes, that includes apps – can collect from their kids under 13. Among...
The FTC adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule on December 19, 2012, just over two years ago. The amendments strengthened kids’ privacy in several ways.
Some of the apps offered by China-based BabyBus teach kids the fundamentals of the alphabet. Correspondence just sent to BabyBus by the FTC staff focuses on five of those letters:  C-O-P-P-A.
Fans of Tiny Pets, Tiny Zoo, Tiny Village, Tiny Monsters, and Mermaid Resort will be relieved to know that adorable Sully the Dog and arch-nemesis Duke Spendington haven’t been named in their individual capacities. But the developer of those kid-directed apps – San-Francisco-based...
This is a post about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.  Some readers already have a finger poised over the DELETE button since their business isn’t child-related.  But as the FTC’s settlement with Yelp suggests, that would be a mistake.
If coping with COPPA is a part of your job, you’re familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule’s safe harbor provision, a method for encouraging innovation and flexibility in the COPPA compliance process.
When we started posting the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule FAQs, we told you we’d update them periodically – and we’re doing our best to make good on that promise.
Ahab hunts big fish. Captain and whaling boat sink.Ishmael prevails.Sometimes you want to read all 209,117 words of Moby Dick.  Other times a haiku will do.  Sometimes you want an in-depth analysis of the FTC’s enforcement, rulemaking, research, education, and international efforts...
In a lot of schools, kids are more likely to be looking at screens than at blackboards.  One advantage:  fewer annoying chalk squeaks.  Of course, the benefits of the connected classroom go far beyond that.  But educators, administrators, and parents have been asking an important...
We got an interesting suggestion recently.  “With how fast technology changes, how about building in a process so companies can see if newer methods meet the requirements of existing rules?”  A related recommendation:  Crowdsourcing.  “The FTC could publicize an idea and get feedback...
Rerun watchers will remember “Welcome Back, Kotter,” a schoolroom sitcom featuring a hummable theme by folk rocker John Sebastian and a cast of smart-alecky students.  The character of Juan Epstein was famous for forging excuse notes and permission slips and claiming they were from...
If you’re the COPPA cop for your company or clients, you know that Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions (A Guide For Business And Parents And Small Entity Compliance Guide) – close friends call ‘em The FAQs – are an indispensable resource.  When FTC staff revised the FAQs...

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