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 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.
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.
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.