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.

12 Responses to “F.T.C. plans new privacy protection regulation, "for the children"”

  1. Tom Rombouts says:

    So just to make sure I understand, in the United States children will get some online privacy protection, but adults will not.

  2. RedShirt77 says:

    I want websites to talk to my mom before data-basing my every move.

  3. Funk Daddy says:

    Here I thought FTC stood for something totally different but all along they’ve been For The Children. 

    I guess that answers the age old question of “Who will think of the children?!” Won’t someone thing of the children? No need, it’s covered. Natch.

  4. technobach says:

    You can’t collect info on me!  I was totally born in 2011.

  5. Boundegar says:

    I thought privacy was totally a thing of the past.  Weren’t they working a law to require webcams in every bathroom?

  6. Steve Tanner says:

    For clarification, COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (still in use), while COPA is the Child Online Protection Act (never took effect).  Two different laws.

  7. artbyjcm says:

    I could only see a perk in that if you’re not wanting to be tracked convince the internet you’re a child and nothing will track you. lol

  8. anrs says:

    I know this is boring, but the best answer to the ‘what about the children?’ brigade is that it’s up to parents to decide what content their kids should be able to access, and parents are best served by using filters they install on their computer, not ones imposed by their ISP. When net freedom advocates say stuff like ‘five-year-olds should be allowed to download all the scat porn they like’, or ‘parents should teach their kids about using the Internet safely by watching everything they do on the computer every minute of every day, because that is totally possible’, they basically just end up sounding like dickheads.

  9. Oh, no! “Anyone with an Internet connection could check out hundreds of photos of young children, a few of whom were pictured in pajamas in their bedrooms, advocates said.” First off, the horror! Secondly, nobody tell these advocates about https://www.google.com/search?q=kids+pajama+party&tbm=isch&tbo=u

  10. King_Rocket says:

    Why on earth are the paper editions cheaper than the kindle one, Ebooks how do they work?

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