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

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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

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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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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 OKs New Compliance Program For Kids' Online Privacy

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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”

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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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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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Regulators Say Social Network Violated Child Privacy Law

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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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FOSI Asks: What is Safe and Healthy Online Use?

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The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition: "Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use."

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Flawed Facebook Research

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From the Center for Digital Democracy, flawed Facebook and COPPA study funded by Microsoft fails to ask the right questions, presents disturbing conflicts of interest throughout.

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