Tag Archives: COPPA

Ad Network to Pay Nearly 1 Million in Civil Penalties to Settle FTC Charges That It Geo-Tracked Consumers Without Permission

On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with a mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that the company deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other requirements, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues COPPA Settlements Against Mobile App Operators

On December 17, 2015, the FTC announced a pair of COPPA settlements against operators of child-direct mobile apps available for download in the major app stores. These cases are the FTC’s first COPPA actions involving the collection of persistent identifiers from children since the FTC’s updated COPPA Rule went into effect in 2013.… Continue Reading

FTC Warns Foreign-Based App Developer of Potential COPPA Violations

On December 22, 2014, the FTC announced that it notified China-based BabyBus that several of the company’s mobile apps appear to be in violation of the COPPA Rule. The accusations stem from the company's alleged failure to obtain verifiable parental consent prior to its apps collecting and disclosing the precise geolocation information of users under the age of 13 in the U.S.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles COPPA Violation Charges Against Yelp and TinyCo

On September 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they collected personal information from children without parental consent in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Acts on Several Industry COPPA Proposals

The Federal Trade Commission recently acted on three industry proposals in accordance with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule that came into effect July 1, 2013. Specifically, the FTC determined that it was unnecessary to rule on a proposed parental consent mechanism, approved a proposed "safe harbor" program and is seeking public comment on a separate proposed "safe harbor" program.… Continue Reading

FTC Approves COPPA Parental Consent Mechanism Proposal

On December 23, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had approved Imperium, LLC's proposed mechanism for obtaining verifiable parental consent to collect personal information from children online in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule that came into effect July 1, 2013. … Continue Reading

Another California-Based Mobile App Developer Settles with New Jersey AG’s Office Over Child Privacy Violation Allegations

On November 22, 2013, New Jersey's Acting Attorney General announced a settlement agreement with Dokogeo, Inc. regarding allegations that one of the company's mobile apps violated the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, the recently amended Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.… Continue Reading

FTC Denies COPPA Parental Consent Mechanism Proposal

On November 13, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it denied a proposal submitted in August by AssertID, Inc. for a mechanism to obtain verifiable parental consent in accordance with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

California Expands Online Privacy Law to Bolster Protection for Minors

On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World" into law, adding new sections concerning California residents under age 18 to the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Changes include a prohibition on online marketing or advertising of certain products to minors, and an obligation to honor requests made by minors who are registered users to remove content posted online. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Updated COPPA FAQs

On July 26, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced updates to its frequently asked questions regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. The updated FAQs respond to issues that have arisen as companies seek to implement the new COPPA Rule that came into effect on July 1, 2013.… Continue Reading

Amended COPPA Rule Comes into Effect

The Federal Trade Commission’s changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule come into effect today. This post summarizes key changes affecting businesses subject to the amended Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Reminds Companies of Impending COPPA Deadline

On May 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission sent educational letters to over 90 businesses that appear to collect personal information from children under the age of 13, reminding them of the impending July 1 deadline for compliance with the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Updated FAQs Addressing COPPA Compliance Requirements

On April 25, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission released an updated version of its frequently asked questions regarding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 that provide general information on COPPA’s requirements and also include new guidance on the recent amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. … Continue Reading

Sotto Discusses Top Privacy Trends for 2013

In an interview with Tom Field of BankInfoSecurity, Lisa J. Sotto, partner and head of the Global Privacy and Data Security practice at Hunton & Williams LLP, predicts that security vulnerabilities will remain the biggest threat to privacy in 2013.… Continue Reading
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