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Site Targeting “Tweenagers” Misses the Mark: FTC Announces Settlement of Alleged COPPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced its settlement with the operator of www.skidekids.com concerning allegations that the operator violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule ("COPPA Rule") by collecting personal information about children without obtaining parental consent. For Skid-e-kids, the FTC's settlement means taking remedial measures; an injunction; and a $100,000 civil penalty. For the rest of us, the settlement is a good reminder that the FTC is staunchly committed to protecting children's privacy. So when it comes to collecting personal information from children online, it's important to do it right . . . or not at all. … Continue Reading

Everybody Likes Free Stuff: Draft Privacy Legislation Seeks To Enhance Consumer Protections Without Disrupting Ad-Supported Internet Business Model

A draft Congressional bill released Tuesday, May 3 aims enhance consumer privacy protections both online and offline and establish a national framework for the collection, use and security of consumer information, superseding state law requirements regarding the collection, use and disclosure of the information it covers. The draft legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Rick Boucher (D, Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R, Fla.), recognizes the importance of online advertising in supporting free online content and services and attempts to extend privacy protections without disruption of this business model. … Continue Reading

No Privacy Cause of Action for Od(e)ious Myspace.com Posting

According to a new, partially-published California Court of Appeal decision, there is no cause of action for invasion of privacy under the California Constitution where a plaintiff’s myspace.com posting is republished in a newspaper.   In Moreno et al. v. Hanford Sentinel, Inc., et al., F054138, slip op. (Cal. Ct. App. April 2, 2009), plaintiff Cynthia … Continue Reading
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