On May 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a virtual open meeting. The meeting’s tentative agenda includes a vote by the FTC on a policy statement prioritizing the enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act as it applies to the use of education technology.
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On April 23, 2022, the European Commission announced that the European Parliament and EU Member States had reached consensus on the Digital Services Act, which establishes accountability standards for online platforms regarding illegal and harmful content.
Continue Reading European Union Reaches Political Agreement on Digital Services Act

On March 25, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved a $1.1 million settlement with TikTok Inc. to resolve claim that TikTok collected children’s data and sold it to third parties without parental consent.
Continue Reading Federal Court Approves $1.1 Million TikTok Settlement Over Children’s Privacy Claims

On March 24, 2022, the European Union unveiled the final text of the Digital Markets Act that was reached following trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States.
Continue Reading European Union Reached a Political Agreement on the Digital Markets Act

On March 1, 2022, President Biden, in his first State of the Union address, called on Congress to strengthen privacy protections for children, including by banning online platforms from excessive data collection and targeted advertising for children and young people.
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On February 18, 2022, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced it was investigating TikTok for alleged child privacy violations and facilitation of human trafficking on its platform.
Continue Reading Texas Attorney General Investigates TikTok for Potential Child Privacy Violations and Facilitation of Human Trafficking

On January 4, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog post reminding companies that “the duty to take reasonable steps to mitigate known software vulnerabilities implicates laws including, among others, the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Gramm Leach Bliley Act,” in response to Log4Shell’s public disclosure of the Log4j vulnerability.
Continue Reading FTC Puts Companies on Notice that Failure to Identify and Patch Instances of Log4j May Violate FTC Act