COPPA

FTC Updates Guidance on COPPA Compliance

October 26, 2017 On October 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a policy enforcement statement providing new direction regarding the application of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”) to the collection of audio voice recordings online.  COPPA compliance requirements generally apply to operators of online services that are either directed to children …

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FTC Complaint Filed Against IoT Businesses

December 9, 2016 This Tuesday, a consortium of consumer protection and children’s privacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint against Genesis Toys (“Genesis”) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”) in connection with Genesis’ interactive, Internet-connected toys. What are the key takeaways for businesses in the Internet of Things (IoT) space?

App Maker Settles COPPA Matter with Texas AG

October 6, 2016 On Monday, the Texas State Attorney General announced that it reached a settlement with app maker Juxta Labs, Inc. (“JLI”) regarding its information collection practices.  The Attorney General had been investigating JLI for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act “by engaging in false, deceptive, or misleading acts or practices regarding …

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Mobile App Operators Settle COPPA Charges

December 21, 2015 Mobile App Operators Must Be Mindful of Children’s Privacy Issues As part of an increase in regulatory focus on data collection, usage and disclosure practices in the mobile app industry, especially with respect to minors, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought charges against two mobile app operators, LAI Systems, LLC and Retro Dreamer, …

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FTC Settles With Yelp and TinyCo for Alleged COPPA Violations

Yelp Inc. (“Yelp”) and TinyCo, Inc. (“TinyCo”) recently settled charges filed against them for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act.  The FTC alleged that both companies failed to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information about children under the age …

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Federal Trade Commission Provides Additional COPPA Amendment Guidance

As we previously reported, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA), effective on July 1, 2013, that serve to: (i) strengthen online privacy protection for children under 13 years of age; and (ii) ensure that parents are given an increased role in controlling their children’s online …

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Another State May Expand COPPA-type Protection to All Minors

On July 1, 2013, following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) adoption of the final amendments, the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule went into effect. The amended COPPA rule strengthens privacy protection for minors under 13 years of age in connection with their use of websites and mobile apps.  The amended COPPA Rule also …

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