Things are really moving along in the privacy world. Last week, FTC officials said they would like to extend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to online behavioral advertising and other technologies that collect data. They also announced that they will be hosting a workshop on facial recognition technology in December. Finally, Facebook was very active in Washington last week, meeting with officials and making key hires. FTC proposes new children’s online privacy rule – The Washington Post – The Federal Trade Commission Thursday announced it is seeking comment on revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that would extend it to cover evolving technologies such as web and mobile platforms for children under the age of 13.
KISSmetrics, Hulu Hit With Privacy Suit – MediaPost – Analytics company KISSmetrics and Web video site Hulu.com have been hit with another privacy lawsuit over their alleged use of "supercookies" to track people.Has Advertising Dodged the Privacy Bullet? – DigiDay – To hear the advertising industry tell it just a few months ago, the drumbeat of talk of stringent consumer privacy regulations would spell the demise of the entire industry, the fall of free Internet content and possibly even democracy itself. Facebook on D.C. hot seat over kids' privacy – CBS – The appearance by Facebook officials follows one last week by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, who also met with members of Congress about privacy issues. Privacy Law Would Help U.S. Compete, Official Says – National Journal – U.S. firms would be more competitive and better able to comply with foreign privacy laws if the United States had a broad law protecting consumer privacy online, a Commerce Department official told a House panel on Thursday. Facebook continues D.C. hiring spree with White House, privacy expert hires – The Washington Post – Facebook on Tuesday announced new hires for its Washington policy and lobbying office, drawing high-profile figures from the White House and a privacy expert as the social networking site continues to grow — and come under scrutiny for its security and privacy practices.FTC To Host Workshop on Facial Recognition Technology – Press Release – The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop in Washington, DC on December 8, 2011, exploring facial recognition technology and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use.ypted version of the phone’s unique device identifier, these methods raise privacy concerns. What can we learn from Europe about online privacy? – American Public Media – The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Commerce Subcommittee is planning hearings on privacy tomorrow. They'll be looking at how Europe handles privacy regulation and whether that could work here or not.