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Democratic Senators Say that Kids TV Mandate Should Stay

A group of democratic senators, led by Senator Ed Markey are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to leave its kids television mandates in place.

Senator Markey believes the 'Kid Vid' rules still remain important, especially for those families who rely on free broadcast television for educational content and cannot afford access to internet with speeds necessary for streaming online content.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Held Public Hearing About Potential Hazards with Internet-Connected Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a public hearing About the potential hazards and safety issues associated with Internet-connected products. The hearing was announced in the federal register here and took place on this past Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The hearing was webcast live where CARU diligently was able to follow along.

The hearing recognized the CPSC's belief that although Internet of Things "IoT" products have the potential to improve our lives and offer many benefits, that there are potential risks posed to consumers. The CPSC invited comment and testimony from industry professionals relating to topics like risks relating to misuse of IoT products, IoT product safety standards, best practices for preventing IoT-caused hazards as well as the appropriate role of the CPSC and other regulatory bodies.

The CPSC regulates issues related to physical hazards surrounding products and made clear in the notice that data breaches and security issues ar…

Is E-cigarette Marketing Déjà Vu for the Advertising Industry?

By, Angela Tiffin, Senior Attorney, Children's Advertising Review Unit

We all agree, and CARU’s guidelines provide, that products that may pose a safety risk to children should not be marketed directly to them.  When advertising includes product packaging and campaigns not aimed directly to children, the waters can get pretty muddy.

This month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a joint press release regarding 13 warning letters issued to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that resembled kid-friendly food products.[1]
The “Joe Camel” marketing campaign by tobacco company R.J. Reynolds may seem like ancient history but it was only in 1998 that 46 states reached a settlement prohibiting direct and indirect marketing to youth and the use of cartoons in cigarette advertising.[2]
Despite this, as recent as 2004, R.J. Reynolds was at it again, this time …

The FTC Reminds Foreign Companies They are Still Required to Comply with COPPA

Today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent two letters out to foreign companies reminding them that even though they are based outside the United States, that foreign companies are required to comply with COPPA when their services are directed to children in the United States or they knowingly collect information from children within the United States.

The two foreign companies involved market electronic devices and apps that appear to collect geolocation data from children. The letters were sent to China-based Gator Group Co., Ltd., and Sweden-based Tinitell, Inc. Gator Group advertises an app and a device called the Kids GPS Gator Watch, which it markets as a “child’s first cell phone.” Tinitell has also marketed an app that works with a mobile phone worn like a watch, which is also designed for children. Although Tinitell has stopped selling the devices, they will continue to operate through September 2018. Copies of the letters were also sent to the Apple App Sto…

CARU's Director Quoted in Thomson Reuters Article About Children's Privacy and the Internet of Things

The Children's Advertising Review Unit's (CARU's)  director, Dona Fraser spoke last week at the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Antitrust Spring meeting in Washington D.C. Phyllis Marcus of Hunton & Williams moderated the "Kids Connected: Internet of Things (IoT) and Children's Privacy" panel, which featured Dona Fraser, Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director of the Privacy and Identity Protection division of the Federal Trade Commission and Brian Huseman, Vice President of Public Policy at Amazon. 

The panel discussed the IoT and how this applies to the children's space. The panel was covered in Thomson Reuters' Legal Current, where Dona Fraser was quoted extensively along with Phyllis Marcus. 

To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Want to learn more about IoT? Is your company collecting information from children? Is it compliant with CARU's Guidelines and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act? Learn more at our upc…

CARU Publishes Tips for Keeping Kids' Information Safe Online

The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recently published a guide for parents about how to keep your children's information safe online. In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, we have learned how far-reaching the implications are of the information that we share online. CARU shared some tips on how to maintain your child's right to online privacy and avoid overexposing your family's information.

Click HERE to read the article.

Is your company collecting information from children? Is it compliant with CARU's Guidelines and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act? Learn more at our upcoming conference on May 2 in San Francisco. Click HERE to learn more.

5 Key Takeaways from IAPP's #GPS18 Conference

The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) attended the International Association of Data and Privacy Professionals' (IAPP) Data Privacy Summit in Washington D.C. last week. It was a great opportunity to spend time with important folks in the privacy industry. Panelists ranged from regulators to specialists on topics like GDPR, ethical data use and new technologies like facial recognition. It was a great event.

Here are CARU's key takeaways from IAPP's Data Privacy Summit.

1. GDPR was the Star
GDPR was paid a lot of attention--and with good reason. One panel answered a very serious question--will there be a grace period? According to Andrea Jelinek (current head of the Article 29 Working Party), there will be a two-day grace period because GDPR goes into effect on a Friday. So essentially, take the weekend, but they'll see you bright and early Monday morning. Other questions linger about whether GDPR principles become the norm because easier than parsing o…