Thursday, June 3, 2010 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

What We Didn't Hear at Yesterday's FTC COPPA Workshop

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted an all-day workshop on "Protecting Kids' Privacy Online," which looked into the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) and challenges posed to its enforcement by new technological developments. The FTC staff did a nice job bringing together and moderating 5 panels worth of participants, all of whom had plenty of interesting things to say about the future of COPPA. But I was more struck by what was not said yesterday. Namely, there was:

Anyway, I could go on but I'll just stop there and reference a few other things that we've been doing on COPPA and age verification issues more generally. But everyone should stay tuned to this debate because the prospect for COPPA expansion is quite real and it will have profound ramifications, as the subtitle to our first paper down below explains:

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:46 PM | Advertising & Marketing , Free Speech , Online Safety & Parental Controls , Privacy