|Dec 19, 2012, 12:02 PM||#1|
FTC Expands COPPA to Cover Apps, Exempts 'Platforms' Like App Store and Google Play
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today updated the privacy rules related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act which was originally passed in 1998. The new rules reflect new types of platforms that children are using, like social media and mobile apps.
However, though apps themselves need to be sure to follow guidelines, app 'platforms' like Apple's App Store and Google Play, are explicitly exempted in the law. App stores are not required to verify that the apps they sell comply with the law; instead, it's up to individual developers to verify compliance.
Earlier this month, the FTC revealed that it was investigating kids apps over privacy concerns, with SpongeBob Diner Dash named as one app that was singled out for investigation.
Article Link: FTC Expands COPPA to Cover Apps, Exempts 'Platforms' Like App Store and Google Play
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