FTC Attacks COPPA Preemption In $20M Facebook Ad Appeal

Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT) -- Objectors to a $20 million deal resolving claims that Facebook Inc. co-opted user photos without permission won support Thursday from the Federal Trade Commision, which told the Ninth Circuit that state parental consent laws protecting teenagers can coexist with its own child privacy regulations.

The FTC said in an amicus brief that a California judge had erred in concluding that the objectors “might well” be precluded by the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act from arguing that the settlement improperly allowed Facebook to continue using teenagers’...
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