September 26, 2016

New COPPA Proposals Raise Concern Over Kids’ Privacy



New rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) designed to protect minors in the digital age are leaving some concerned that its intentions could do more harm than good.

The government agency hopes to strengthen the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by including social networking sites, apps, and other platforms that weren’t around when the act originally passed in 1998. That law requires parental approval for kids under the age of 13 if they want to use sites aimed at children. Facebook and other sites can avoid complying with the law by opting to ban minors altogether.


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