FTC Seeks To Boost Online Privacy Safeguards For Kids

Law360, New York (September 15, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule Thursday intended to strengthen online privacy protections for children, giving website operators the option of collecting parents' government-issued identification in order to verify they have permitted their child to use a site.

The proposal would amend the agency's Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule, implemented in 2000. In addition to government-issued identification, websites could request electronic scans of signed consent forms or a video conference in order to obtain parental consent under the rule.

The rule would also require sites...
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