FTC Heeds Groups' Input In OK'ing Modified COPPA Program

Law360 (August 15, 2018, 10:37 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday allowed the video game industry’s self-regulatory body to move forward with proposed changes to its longstanding safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, after the program’s operator agreed to strike narrowed definitions of personal information and jurisdiction that had attracted backlash from advocacy groups.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board had asked the commission in March for permission to modify its COPPA safe harbor program, which has existed since 2001. ESRB operates one of seven approved safe harbor programs under the commission's COPPA rule, which allows companies that meet the requirements of a...

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