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Finding a Reasonable Approach to Verify Adults for Adult Activities

It is simple, really. Social activities such as gambling, viewing pornography and purchasing alcohol, knives, drugs and other items that are considered “adult” by the majority of U.K. citizens should be restricted to adults or at least authorized by an adult.

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Huffington Post: Adult Site Age Verification A Vital Step

Young people are not equipped to deal with pornography. It can have a deeply damaging effect on their behavior and their understanding of consent and healthy relationships.
NSPCC research shows that by the age of 16 nearly half of young people have viewed pornography, and those children are just as likely to find it accidentally as they are to deliberately search for it.

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FTC Rejects Bid To Mine Social Graph To Verify Parents' Identities

Citing evidence of fake Facebook profiles, the Federal Trade Commission said today that it had rejected a company’s application to draw on the social graph in order to confirm people’s identity.

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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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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 OKs New Compliance Program For Kids' Online Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission said Friday it would allow an Aristotle International Inc. program to establish children's online privacy guidelines and oversee compliance with those guidelines, making Aristotle just the fifth organization to win safe harbor under an agency rule.

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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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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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Will Facebook Get Serious About Online Privacy?

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

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Regulators Say Social Network Violated Child Privacy Law

Skid-e-Kids describes itself as a Facebook for children ages 7 to 14. It allows them to watch “age-appropriate” movies and socialize with their friends, and it stipulates that “parents are in charge.”

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