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.

Smartphone Apps Can Compromise Kids’ Data, FTC Says

Parents are finding it more difficult to keep their children's private personal data from being collected by mobile phone apps, according to a new report.

What Barack Obama Can Teach Tesco and Co

According to John Aristotle Phillips, speaking at this year’s Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford event, this experience is likely to become more common as mainstream brands such as Tesco seek to follow the lead set by the “sin” industries of gambling, drinking and tobacco in applying one of the main lessons of Barack Obama’s victory last month – the effectiveness of big data.

Aristotle and Nate Silver on Big Data

Washington-headquartered technology consulting firm Aristotle aggregates big data on voters from various public and commercial sources and puts together demographic profiles which are then used by political parties.

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.

FTC Extends Deadline to Comment on Proposed Modifications to COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will extend until September 24, 2012, the deadline for commenting on additional proposed modifications to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule, which gives parents control over what information websites and online services may collect from children under 13.

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.

The New Twitter Age Verification System Exposed

From cyber-bullying to Operation Rescue, efforts at keeping kids safe online have known some admirable allies over the years. Can that same spirit of protecting innocent youths be used then by spirits brands and marketers of “adult products” too?

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

Spain Grants Gaming Licenses, Online Poker Rooms Launched

This is the week that a number of poker rooms were granted the first gaming licenses in Spain and several just went live on Tuesday.

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