FTC Nixes Social Media-Based COPPA Consent Method

Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 7:35 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it has denied an application by a company called AssertID Inc. for approval of a proposed verifiable parental consent method under its children's online privacy rule, saying there wasn't enough evidence that the method, which would allow parents' friends to verify a parent-child relationship, was effective. 

According to an FTC letter to AssertID, the company had submitted a proposed verifiable parental consent method called Consent ID for approval in July. Consent ID would ask a parent’s “friends” on a social network...
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