Uncertain Future For Maine Minor Marketing Laws

Law360, New York (September 29, 2009, 11:35 AM EDT) -- U.S. lawmakers and regulators have long expressed an interest in protecting children online. Passed over 10 years ago, the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), established strong privacy protections that extend to children under 13 years of age.

Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has enforced COPPA vigorously, bringing a number of enforcement actions against a range of different companies. While initial enforcement actions resulted in relatively moderate fines, recent cases have resulted in settlements in the $1 million range.

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