Last week, the FTC made two interesting announcements. The first, which is sure to raise some eyebrows, was a proposal to tighten the restrictions under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The second is that Steven M. Bellovin, a Columbia University professor, will be taking over the role of Chief Technologist at the organization. We look forward to hearing his insights and seeing what he has to write on the FTC Tech Blog. In non-FTC related privacy news, the W3C has announced its preference for compromise on Do Not Track. Darrin Shamo, director of direct & online marketing at Zappos, seems to agree with them. FTC proposes tougher kids privacy rules – The Washington Post –The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it is considering online privacy rules that would make it harder for advertisers and social networks to collect information about children without permission from parents.
- FTC Seeks Comment on Proposed Revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule – FTC Press Release