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FTC Updates COPPA Stamp of Approval for Parental Consent Tools

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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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Will Facebook Get Serious About Online Privacy?

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Interview with Marketplace's Steve Henn on Facebook and Online Privacy.

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Children's Online Privacy Panel

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris had just managed to successfully unnerve a group of about 100 parents and educators with this online exchange between two 16-year-olds. Those in the crowd, which had gathered Monday night at the Center For Early Education for a panel on children's online privacy, muttered worriedly among themselves as they tried to decipher the instant message language.

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