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.

FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved 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) on Friday.

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.

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.

Will Facebook Get Serious About Online Privacy?

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

Children’s Online Privacy Panel

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.

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.”

Flawed Facebook Research

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.

The Problem with Parents Helping Kids Lie to Get on Facebook

A new study from Harvard, New York University and Berkeley researchers finds that "many parents knowingly allow their children to lie about their age--in fact, often help them to do so--in order to gain access to age-restricted sites in violation of those sites' terms of service."

Tighter Preteen Privacy Rules Urged

The Federal Trade Commission wants to broaden the requirements on the collection of personal information by websites and online apps, as well as how they obtain parental approval.

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