FTC Testifies on Protecting Children Online
The Federal Trade Commission today told a House Subcommittee that it is committed to protecting children online, and that the agency recently proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule to make sure the Rule keeps pace with fast-changing technology.
Delivering testimony on behalf of the FTC, the agency’s Associate Director for Advertising Practices, Mary K. Engle, told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, that the FTC has actively promoted adherence to the COPPA Rule through enforcement actions and by educating businesses and consumers. The modifications to the Rule proposed by the FTC last month are designed to make sure that the Rule continues to be effective even as evolving technology is changing the way children access and use the Internet, the testimony states. The proposed changes also are intended to help operators with compliance, strengthen protections over children’s data, and provide greater oversight of COPPA safe harbor programs.
For more information, read the FTC’s press release.