FTC toughens online protection rules for children, restricting location and other data collection without parental consent


The FTC has just announced that it has adopted amendments to rules enforced under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires companies to obtain parental consent for the collection of personal information of children 13 and younger. The updated rule requires companies to gather parental consent to collect geolocation information, photographs, and videos, and closes a “loophole” that allowed apps and websites directed towards children to allow third-parties to collect their personal information without consent.

The action follows a report released in February of this year that expressed the agency’s concern with a lack of clarity about privacy and data collection in apps and websites targeted at children. In that…

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