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Apple updates App Guidelines with eye on children's privacy

The latest changes to the App Review Guidelines caution against collecting certain information from kids.

By Aug. 15, 2013


Facebook wants 'Like' button to be exempt from child privacy laws

Social network tells the FTC that teens' right to freedom of expression will be inhibited by proposed revisions to COPPA.

By Oct. 1, 2012


Children's privacy law catches on to apps, social networks

The FTC updates rules tied to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, but the changes won't really affect companies like Apple or Facebook.

By Dec. 19, 2012


Groups ask FTC to probe kid-focused viral marketing

Seventeen advocacy groups called on the federal agency to investigate what they called the "commercial exploitation of youths" though viral marketing campaigns.

By Aug. 27, 2012


California gives teens an 'eraser button' to hide online skeletons

Sites and apps targeting minors will have to delete content on request, but the new law has limitations.

By Sep. 23, 2013


SpongeBob disappears from app store after privacy criticism

An advocacy group calls on the FTC to investigate the children's game for violations of online privacy rights and misleading marketing.

By Dec. 17, 2012


RockYou settles with FTC over charges of exposing user info

Settlement with social gaming site also alleges the company violated Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule by collecting and disclosing personal information without parents' consent.

By Mar. 27, 2012


Developer temporarily pulls kids app accused of privacy violations

Complaint alleges that Mobbles, a game in which children collect and care for virtual pets, violated federal law by collecting personal information of children under 13 without parental consent.

By Dec. 11, 2012


iOS developer to pay $50,000 fine over child privacy

The Federal Trade Commission says W3 Innovations will pay the fine to settle charges that the company violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

By Aug. 16, 2011


New 'Kids' section of apps coming to iOS 7

Apple is readying a new section of apps aimed specifically at kids, along with greater protections for the little 'uns.

By Aug. 17, 2013