Tag Archives: COPPA

FTC Issues Enforcement Policy on Collection and Use of Voice Recordings of Children Under COPPA

On Monday, the FTC issued an Enforcement Policy Statement stating that the Commission will not take action against operators that collect an audio file of a child’s voice as a replacement for written words, such as for translation into text, without first obtaining parental consent, provided the file is retained only for the brief time … Continue Reading

Privacy Certification Program Settles COPPA Violations with NYAG

Last week, True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc. (“TRUSTe”) agreed to pay the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) a $100,000 penalty, and beef up privacy measures, to settle alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506 (“COPPA”). The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is authorized to issue rules under COPPA, § 6502(b), … Continue Reading

App Developers Settle COPPA Violations Relating to Third-Party Ad Network Practices

This week, the FTC announced settlements with two mobile app developers – LAI Systems, LLC and Retro Dreamer (including two of its principals) – concerning allegations that their apps collected childrens’ personal information without obtaining parental consent in violation of COPPA.  These cases are the first in which the FTC has held a company liable … Continue Reading

Privacy Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Contest Sponsor for Alleged COPPA Violations

Last week, ten privacy groups requested that the FTC open an investigation into a Topps Co. online contest, which they allege violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Specifically, the groups claim that Topps’s #RockThatRock contest collected photos of children under age 13 without obtaining their parents’ consent. Last spring, Topps invited its Facebook, … Continue Reading

FTC Updates COPPA FAQs on Parental Consent Mechanisms

This week, the Federal Trade Commission announced the latest revisions to its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) document to assist online operators as they work to comply with changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule that went into effect on July 1, 2013. The updated FAQs provide the following expanded guidance on verifiable parental … Continue Reading

FTC Approves kidSAFE as Safe Harbor Program Under COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved the kidSAFE Seal Program as a safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and FTC’s COPPA Rule.  The FTC’s revised COPPA Rule (effective July 2013) restricts the ways that child-directed sites and their third-party affiliates can collect and use personal information from children under … Continue Reading

Insights from Kelley Drye’s 4th Annual Privacy Seminar

On February 16, 2012, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP hosted the seminar and audiocast, “Privacy in 2012: What to Watch Regarding COPPA, Mobile Apps, and Evolving Law Enforcement and Public Policy Trends.” The seminar highlighted regulatory and legislative developments in privacy and information security during the past year, with an emphasis on children’s online privacy … Continue Reading

Join us Feb. 16 for “Privacy in 2012” Seminar and Teleconference

Changes to privacy regulations, such as proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and continuously evolving technologies, including mobile apps with location-based services, can make it difficult for businesses to ensure their privacy practices are up to par. On February 16, Kelley Drye will gather government leaders from the FTC and FCC, … Continue Reading

FTC Proposes Changes to Children’s Privacy Rule

Late this week, the FTC issued its proposed amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule ("COPPA Rule"). The proposed revisions are intended to maintain privacy protections for children who increasingly participate in social networking and interactive gaming, or engage in online activities through a mobile device. The FTC seeks written comments to the proposed … Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Mobile App Developer Over Alleged Privacy Violations

On August 15, 2011, the FTC announced a settlement with W3 Innovations, LLC (“W3”) and its President over charges that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) when W3 allegedly collected and disclosed personal information from tens of thousands of children without their parents’ consent. The settlement requires W3 and its president … Continue Reading

Disney’s Playdom Charged with Violating Children’s Online Privacy, Enters $3 Million FTC Settlement

On May 12, 2011, the FTC announced that it reached a $3 million settlement with online “virtual worlds” website provider Playdom, Inc., a Disney subsidiary, for allegedly violating its own privacy policies and collecting and disclosing personal information on hundreds of thousands of children without parental consent – potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy … Continue Reading