Privacy Groups: FTC is Already Investigating Companies Over Coppa

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Privacy advocates have brought several children's privacy cases to the FTC's attention lately, and "we believe [they] are carefully examining a number of companies and practices," says Jeff Chester, who heads the Center for Digital Democracy. He says he knows the agency's committed to enforcing COPPA — and added that now that Chairwoman Ramirez has a majority, "we expect the commission to more aggressively pursue bad actors that trample on kids privacy." Developers, on the other hand, are hoping the FTC gives them more info about "somewhat unclear expectation" laid out by the rules now that they're a year old, App Developers Alliance VP Tim Sparapani said. Even with limited guidance, he said, "Developers have really stepped up to the plate to provide innovative solutions to implement the new COPPA rules." The ADA is also out with a blog post marking the anniversary today, here: http://bit.ly/1m4pVCh