Published: September 2012

The FTC and COPPA should do more to protect children’s privacy

Coalition: Children's Privacy Advocates

Consumer Action joins Children's Privacy Advocates in generally supporting the FTC's revised COPPA proposal, but has several concerns regarding the protection of digital marketing aimed at youth.

Consumer Action, along with Children's Privacy Advocates, supports the FTC's revised COPPA proposal and agrees further clarifications regarding responsibilities of child-directed websites, online services and third parties that collect information from children are needed.

However, Consumer Action worries the attempt to limit third-party operators' liability in order to enforce COPPA compliance lowers protection standards, resulting in less privacy protection for children.

Lead Organization

Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)

Other Organizations

The Center for Digital Democracy | American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | Berkeley Media Studies Group | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood | Center for Media Justice | Center for Science in the Public Interest | ChangeLab Solutions | Children Now | Consumer Action | Consumer Federation of America | Consumers Union | the advocacy and policy division of Consumer Reports | Consumer Watchdog | National Consumers League | Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse | Public Citizen | Public Health Institute | Praxis Project

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The FTC and COPPA should do more to protect children’s privacy   (COPPA_Supplemental_Comments_9_24_12.pdf)




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