F.T.C. plans new privacy protection regulation, "for the children"
COPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, requires web sites for kids to obtain parental consent before collecting personal data, but much has changed online since 1998. The NYT reports that Federal regulators
"are about to take the biggest steps in more than a decade to protect children online," by restricting the ability of sites and apps to collect "details like children’s photographs or locations of mobile devices. The concern is that the information could be used to identify or locate individual children." Read more