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FPF is committed to helping the app marketplace comply with the FTC’s revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA rule. As explained in our public comments filed with the FTC, we think that one way to help companies and parents alike is to encourage collaboration.

via New Survey on App Stores and Account Info Sharing – What This Means for COPPA | Future of Privacy.

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You’re 10 years old. You love the idea of putting your thoughts and opinions out there for the world to see—but perhaps you aren’t quite ready for mega-trafficked social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Age restrictions set by these sites aside, you may not being thinking all that much about the consequences of revealing personal information or the risks of connecting with strangers. But, naturally, interacting with friends and being social is a big part of your tween and teen years. What do you do?

via KidzVuz: What Tweens Think About Everything – New York Family Magazine.

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As the reality sinks in – that COPPA 2.0, which as of July 1st is now the law of the land – mobile app developers need to consider how to achieve compliance with these new regulations. If you’ve been resisting COPPA to this point, it’s probably time to understand the options available to you, choose one that is consistent with your objectives and move forward.

via AssertID | Promoting trust and civility in online interactions.

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Centennial College's kidsmediacentre launches Ethical Review for Children's ...
Canada NewsWire (press release)
The kidsmediacentre report coincides with the newly amended U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which took effect July 1, 2013. While COPPA is a U.S. regulatory framework, compliance is mandatory for ...

Rerun watchers will remember “Welcome Back, Kotter,” a schoolroom sitcom featuring a hummable theme by folk rocker John Sebastian and a cast of smart-alecky students.  The character of Juan Epstein was famous for forging excuse notes and permission slips and claiming they were from his mother.  What tipped off Mr. Kotter was that the letters always ended with “Signed, Juan Epstein’s Mother.”  OK, it’s a stretch, but there’s a connection between that 70s sitcom and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
If you’re the COPPA cop for your company or clients, you know that Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions (A Guide For Business And Parents And Small Entity Compliance Guide) – close friends call ‘em The FAQs – are an indispensable resource.  When FTC staff revised the FAQs a few months ago to reflect changes to COPPA that took effect July 1, 2013, we promised to update them as questions arose.  And we’re making good on that promise.

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