FTC Moving COPPA Under Privacy Division
Behavioral advertising, online tracking enforcement oversight will come under new management
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/15/2013 3:27:07 PM
That will mean some shuffling of oversight duties, but beyond that, it also puts children's online protection rule enforcement alongside other privacy protection issues.
"The idea is to centralize the privacy programs under one roof," said the source, "so that the COPPA side can take advantage of the expertise that the privacy division already has."
The move makes sense, given that PIP was not around when COPPA was first adopted in 1996. The law restricts how kids younger than 13 can be tracked and marketed to online.
The FTC recently issued updates to its enforcement that strengthen the protections, including by bringing geolocation, cookies (plug-ins) and behavioral targeting explicitly within the rules.
Updating COPPA for the digital age has been one of the key goals of Leibowitz's tenure at the agency.
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