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The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) opened a public consultation seeking submissions regarding consent requirements, in particular consent for minors in the context of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. The DPC in...

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the Data Protection authority, published a draft guidance document  on consent. The draft document offers brief guidance on how the requirement of consent by minors in the General Data Prot...

The French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, launched a public consultation on 23 February on consent requirements, and in particular on consent of minors, as part of its work on interpretation and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulat...

The Irish Data Protection Authority has opened a consultation to seek the views of interested parties on the statutory age of consent threshold (“age of digital consent”) to be applied in the case of information society services offered d...

After a two year investigation, New York Attorney General announced on 13 September 2016 that Viacom, Mattel, JumpStart, and Hasbro's websites violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by allowing third-parties to collect ch...

Last week, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Chairwomen Edith Ramirez urging the FTC to work with Congress to increase the protection of children’s privacy from connected toys which can...

A federal judge ruled earlier this week that Amazon illegally charged parents for children's in-app purchases between 2011 and 2014 on its app store for Kindle and Android devices. With the ruling, the Court sided with the Federal Trade Commission (...

Two NGOs, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), wrote a letter to the National Football League (NFL) urging it to stop marketing its “Rush Fantasy” football game to childr...

On 17 December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced two COPPA settlements against operators of child-directed mobile apps available for download in major app stores. These are the first cases involving the collection of persis...

Last November, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a new verifiable parental consent method under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for websites and online services collecting children’s data. Compani...

On 19 May, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) supplementing their original complaint against YouTube Kids (see AEf Alert 08/04/15). The organisations c...

29 data protection authorities (DPAs) in 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia,...

On 7 January 2015, Republican Senator David Sater proposed a bill requiring the Department of Public Safety to establish the Missouri Child Protection Registry. This registry will include a secure list of contact points belonging or accessible to chi...

The Federal Trade Commission has warned China-based developer BabyBus that its app range that teaches letters, numbers and shapes to children from ages one to six may be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule....

On 12 November, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) released a report entitled: "Parenting in the Digital Age: How parents weigh the potential benefits and harms of their children's technology use" which reveals that while the majority of ...

Following an investigation by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) of the ‘Okki Gekke-bekken-club’ app for children, the DPA concluded that several features of the app violated the Dutch Data Protection Act. The company responsible f...

On 7 August 2014, the UK phone regulator PhonepayPlus fined a French company Acetelecom £60,000. The watchdog stated that, by offering a premium-rate “voice changer” phone service on children’s apps, the company breached the c...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions document to assist online operators as they work to comply with changes to the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule that went ...

In an analysis of 40 websites popular among children, researchers found the majority of them tracked user activity, which may violate the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to COPPA, website operators and mobile app devel...

On 13 February, consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen filed a legal brief with a San Francisco Court to ask that a $20 million settlement made with Facebook be overturned, on the grounds that the social network violates privacy by using users...

On 30 January, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) released eight final principles to ensure that apps do not breach consumer protection law. As of 1 April, app developers and publishers must make sure their games comply with the law, particularly ...

Unicef has released draft Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection providing advice on how industry can work to help ensure children’s safety when using the internet on all platforms. The draft guidelines – which call for limiti...

On 15 November, Facebook clarified its privacy policies for under 18’s following a joint letter sent by six US privacy organisations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last September expressing concerns over its revised privacy policy. Chan...

On 21 October, members of the European Parliament (EP)'s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) adopted with 49 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions an amended version of Commission’s Proposal for a Data Protectio...

The FTC has announced that it is seeking public comment on a new verifiable consent method proposed under the Voluntary Commission Approval Process provision of the COPPA Rule. A US-based technology services company called Imperium, LLC submitte...

On 4 September, six US privacy organisations sent a joint letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and to members of Congress expressing concerns over Facebook’s new privacy policy which states that users under 18, in signing up to Facebook...

On 26 August, a US federal judge in California approved Facebook’s $20 million settlement for a class action lawsuit filed by several advocacy groups over its “Sponsored Stories” feature – commercial endorsements of a facebook...

Last week, Apple released updated guidelines for developers which ban targeted advertising in children’s apps and bring its policies in line with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by disallowing d...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on a proposed automated verifiable parental consent method submitted by US company AssertID for approval under the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) effect...

On 8 July, during a panel discussion held in Washington on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s update of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), FTC representatives said that the Commission was planning to give additional guidance...

Amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) go into effect on 1 July. The new rule greatly expands what kind of data requires verified parental consent before being collected from a child under 13, including...

Most US parents fail to regulate and monitor their child’s online behaviour, according to a survey conducted by McAfee from 3 to 15 April and released on 4 June. The study reveals, among other things, that most US tweens between 10 and 12 years...

On 6 May, in a letter to five business groups, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Application Developers Alliance, the Federal Trade Commission said that it will not delay the implementation of the new Children's Online Privac...

On 25 March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a 38-page guidance document of “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) based on amended rules that go into effect on 1 ...

In a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman on 15 April, the Application Developers Alliance says developers and publishers need more time to adapt to the revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), scheduled to come...

On 8 March, research center “The Public Health Advocacy Institute” (PHAI)* published a legal issue brief designed to help State Attorneys General and stakeholders in children’s health and privacy challenge digital viral food marketi...

On 1 February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an agreement to a $800,000 settlement with Path Inc., a maker of a popular social networking app, over charges that it breached the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rul...

On 22 January, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Simon Milner, Facebook director of policy for UK and Ireland, admitted that there is almost nothing Facebook  can do to stop children under 13 years old setting up profiles. He said that i...

Regulators will likely finish a long-awaited update to rules protecting children's online privacy by the end of the year, the head of the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Conference in Washin...

According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s said in a statement on 20 October that social networking features were removed from its online games in response to a complaint put forward to the FTC by a coalition of children’s advocacy, hea...

On 3 October, FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez announced that Artist Arena, the operator of fan sites for musicians Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Demi Lovato, agreed to pay a $1 million fine for illegally collecting information of 100 000 users under the...

A coalition of children’s advocacy, health and public interest groups* plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this Wednesday against several children’s websites** on grounds that they violate the Children’s...

In an official opinion published on 31 July, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) considers “unacceptable” that the threshold for children’s parental consent is set at 13 years old in the Commission’s pr...

On 1 August, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Importantly, the FTC proposes to extend the application of COPPA to third parties collecting personal data (including thr...

On 27 June, a mobile applications developer sued by the State of New Jersey agreed to stop collecting and transmitting all children’s data who play its popular educational games and to destroy what it has already collected. New Jersey's attorn...

On 27 March, RockYou, Inc., an operator of a social game site, agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty for its alleged multiple violations of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). FTC accus...

On 21 February, Jacques Hintzy, president of UNICEF France, presented a Charter on “The protection of children in the media” to Solidarities and Social Cohesion Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin. The voluntary Charter def...

Younger children still watch a lot of television, but mobile devices and the internet have taken over TV as adolescents’ favourite media, according to two reports published on 25 October in the US (by nonprofit organisation Common Sense Media) ...

On 15 September, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Discarding calls for an increase in its age threshold (see AEF Alert 09/05/11), the new rules  would ma...

On 15 August, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first settlement against a mobile application (app) developer, fining the company for failing to obtain parental consent before collecting and processing personal information from thou...

On 4 July 2011, a survey commissioned by the French data protection authority (CNIL), the family organisation UNAF, and children’s protection group Action innocence found that nearly 20% of children under 13 are registered to a social network, ...

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, told CNN Money he wishes to open up his social networking site to children under 13. Currently, the site’s policy aims to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the ...

On 12 May, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced having reached a settlement with Playdom Inc., an operator of numerous online virtual worlds, over charges that they violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule by il...




Smaller Companies Banning Behaviorally-Targeted Ads, Conducting Expensive Audits Changes to the children's privacy-protection law are keeping kids' site publishers awake at night. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act changes went into effect...

The Federal Trade Commission's proposed revisions of the rules that implement the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is well-meaning and well-timed. It's well-meaning in that the FTC truly does care about the privacy and safet...