(USA Today) The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday proposed stricter online privacy guidelines aimed at making mobile devices safer for children to use and at barring third-party advertising networks and websites from collecting information on children without their parents’ consent.
The proposal is the latest update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which details the measures that websites must take to protect those under age 13.
Congress passed COPPA long before the era of mobile devices and popular mobile apps, such as Angry Birds. Now, the FTC is making sure newer technologies comply with the legislation’s intent. The FTC proposal seeks to clarify that an ad network or plug-in, such as a Facebook’s “Like” button, and smartphone app makers must have parental consent before data can be collected about children under age 13.
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