FTC Reviews Rule Protecting Children's Privacy Online

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday a review of its rule designed to protect children's online privacy. At the center of the examination will be how new technologies such as interactive gaming, mobile devices and automated systems collect and use information from children 13 and younger.

Implemented in 2000, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires Web site operators to get parental approval before gathering and disclosing information from pre-teens. It also bars companies from collecting more information from children than necessary to use features on their Web site.

The FTC will accept comments on whether the rule needs revision until June 30.

Read the full FTC release for more information.

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