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Facebook’s Blurred Age Reality & its Impact on Privacy of Minors

Age 19 = Age 16, Age 16 = Age 13, Age 13 = Age 10 on Facebook As Facebook presents its advertising reach, people have noticed some interesting “anomalies,” namely the amount of young users that Facebook represents in the younger demographics exceed those represented by the U.S. census. Why is this important? In his […]

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Political Ad Verification on Facebook as Outlined is Not Exactly Complete

Tuesday, while listening to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, it occurred to me that Facebook could potentially require some level of individual verification that includes the verification of an electronically submitted government document and a geolocation process, like government data or the voter file. While there is value in submitting an electronic copy of […]

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FTC Updates COPPA Stamp of Approval for Parental Consent Tools

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), clarifying and updating the decade-old law protecting children’s information on line. The new “Rule” specifies how sites catering to children must handle personal information, and obtain parental consent when doing so.

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For Children, a Lie on Facebook Has Consequences, Study Finds

A federal law intended to protect children’s privacy may unwittingly lead them to reveal too much on Facebook, a provocative new academic study shows, in the latest example of how difficult it is to regulate the digital lives of minors.

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New Rules on Kids' Web Ads

Social networks and Internet advertisers are likely to face new restrictions on how they interact with children on the Web.

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Uneven Results Greet Social Networks, Like Facebook, Scanning for Sexual Predators

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious. Facebook's extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees

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Congressmen Voice Concerns About Facebook Plans

Two congressmen voiced concerns Monday following a Wall Street Journal report that Facebook was exploring ways to let kids join the social network without lying about their age.

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FTC Votes 4-0 to Approve Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program as “Safe Harbor”

The FTC announced Friday that commissioners voted unanimously to approve The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle International, as a “safe harbor” program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

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Aristotle Earns Safe Harbor Status from FTC

The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle, just got word today that it was approved by the FTC as a "safe harbor" program.

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Facebook Declines Congressional Privacy Caucus Invitation

Facebook declined an invitation to explain how it protects the online privacy of children and teens to the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, and co-chairmen Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), have made public their disappointment.

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