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Thursday, June 3, 2010

CARU Attended FTC's Roundtable to Review Whether Technology Changes Warrant Changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


CARU's Associate Director, Phyllis Spaeth spoke on a roundtable panel about the "Actual Knowledge" standard in Today's Online Environment.  CARU's Director, Wayne Keeley and staff attorney, Angela Tiffin also attended this important meeting. In light of rapidly changing technology , the Federal Trade Commission hosted a public roundtable, “Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing the COPPA Rule,” on June 2, 2010 to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The Rule was enacted in 2000 and requires Web site operators to obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. Other Roundtable topics included:
  • Whether the Rule should be applied to emerging media such as mobile devices, interactive television, and interactive gaming;
  • Potential expansion of the Rule to cover more items of information that might be collected from children; and,
  • A review of the parental verification methods used by Web site operators.