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FTC warns Chinese mobile app developer it might be violating children's online privacy

BabyBus Network Technology's mobile apps are collecting geolocation information from children that might be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Spotlight: FTC extends COPPA comment period

The Federal Trade Commission  announced  Oct. 23 it would extend the comment period for two proposals related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Apple updates app review guidelines to comply with COPPA

Apple updated its App Review Guidelines to address the government's expansion of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act,  reported   Apple Insider  Aug. 14. "Apps that collect, transmit, or have the capability to share personal information (e.g. name, address, email, location, photos, videos, drawings, persistent identifiers, the ability to chat, or other personal data) from a minor must comply with applicable children's privacy statutes," the new guidelines say.

COPPA rule for apps goes into effect

A revised version of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which now includes online games and apps, went into effect July 1, a Federal Trade Commission press release says. "The revised COPPA rule addresses changes in the way children use and access the Internet, including the increased use of mobile devices and social networking," the release says.

COPPA rule expanded by FTC to keep up with growth of smartphone, app usage among kids

Recognizing the advances of commercial practices and technology over the past decade, including smartphones, the Federal Trade Commission has adopted final amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to reflect the growing presence of websites geared towards kids. Among the changes to the COPPA Rule, the new regulations expand the list of personal information that cannot be collected by websites without parental notice and consent, clarifying that this category includes geolocation information, photographs, and videos.