FTC Expands COPPA's Reach In Long-Awaited Update

Law360, New York (December 19, 2012, 5:02 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday broadened the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to include device identifiers and third-party services that have actual knowledge they are collecting personal information, despite one commissioner's concerns that the changes fall outside the agency's statutory authority.

After more than two years of consideration and feedback, the FTC issued a final updated rule, scheduled to go into effect July 1, that made several changes to the 12-year-old regulation. One change modifies the definition of “personal information” that cannot be collected without...
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