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Whisper started out as an anonymous, photo-based app where users could post text messages superimposed over images, typically secrets or confessions. Whisper has location functionality, but unlike Yik Yak, location is not necessarily a key feature. Earlier this year, Whisper rolled out a “Schools” feature that makes each user’s location more critical, especially for some young users.

Read more: @ ThirdParent A Look at the Whisper App’s Unsafe “Schools” Feature | ThirdParent

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Parents may appreciate that — just like the Nabi DreamTab — the Elev-8 was built with COPPA rules in mind. Obeying the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act means that the Elev-8 does not collect data from children under age 13, and that none of their child’s data is shared with third parties.

Source: Fuhu Nabi Elev-8 – Full Review and Benchmarks via Laptop Magazine

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CDD Executive Director Jeff Chester wrote in an email Thursday that child privacy advocates had scored a significant victory as the FTC had ordered Riyo to immediately destroy any data it gathers from a child or parent. The organization holds, however, that the mechanism for parental consent using facial recognition is ill-advised. “While facial recognition technology has many applications, its role protecting children’s privacy is unproven,” Chester added.

Source: FTC allows ‘selfies’ for parental consent under COPPA | CIO

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This letter is to inform you that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) has reviewed Jest8 Limited’s (trading as Riyo) (“Riyo”) application for approval of a proposed verifiable parental consent (“VPC”) method under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA” or “the Rule”). The Commission has determined that the proposed VPC mechanism is “reasonably calculated, in light of available technology, to ensure that the person providing consent is the child’s parent.” Accordingly, the FTC approves the proposed method.

Read PDF @ FTC

Source: Commission Letter Approving Application Filed by Jest8 Limited (Trading As Riyo) For Approval of A Proposed Verifiable Parental Consent Method Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule – 151119riyocoppaletter.pdf

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Leading US kids virtual world Roblox is now boasting 100% kid-safe advertising, thanks to a new partnership with SuperAwesome out of the UK. The incorporation of SuperAwesome’s platform into the digital game-building site will open up Roblox and its 15 million user-generated games to COPPA-compliant advertising opportunities and brand integrations in both the US and the UK.

Source: SuperAwesome and Roblox join forces on kid-safe advertising » Kidscreen

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To comply with COPPA, Internet service providers must obtain verified parental consent from parents COPPA – facial recognition for verified parental consentbefore collecting personal information from those children of the parents who are under 13 years of age. The process for obtaining parental consent has always been an area where the FTC and companies have struggled a bit to arrive at a simple, seamless technique. Facial recognition software may ultimately provide the best solution to this quandary.

Source: Facial Recognition For Providing Verified Parental Consent Under COPPA?

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If your child has his or her own smartphone — or he or she just loves borrowing yours to play the latest games — the Federal Trade Commission is advising caution. The FTC found in a recent report that developers who make apps specifically geared towards children have done little to address privacy concerns since the commission’s first report on children’s apps earlier this year. According to the new report, app developers still aren’t doing enough to teach parents what kind of data is being collected from their children, where that data winds up or who can access it.

Source: FTC: ‘Little Progress’ in Privacy and Children’s Apps

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App Makers Playing Dangerous Game With Personal Privacy by Gavin O’Malley (1)Threatening to bust the mobile boom, app makers are playing a dangerous game with people’s personal information.That’s according to new and highly credible research, which tested 110 of the most popular Android and iOS apps on the market to see which ones shared personal, behavioral, and location data with third parties.

Source: App Makers Playing Dangerous Game With Personal Privacy 11/06/2015

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In a decision that is reverberating across the digital economy, the European Court of Justice on Tuesday struck down a transatlantic agreement that enables companies to transfer data from Europe to the United States, finding that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

via Top E.U. court strikes down major data-sharing pact between U.S. and Europe – The Washington Post.

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