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Let parents control who can collect data from their kids
  • Petitioned Federal Trade Commission

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Federal Trade Commission

Let parents control who can collect data from their kids

    1. Petition by

      Joy Spencer

      Washington, DC

December 2012


Joy Spencer: The Federal Trade Commission announced proposed rule changes that will update COPPA for a modern era, hold companies accountable for personal information they collect from children under 13 and keep parents in control of this information.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is currently the only legislative tool available that keeps parents in control of what data and personal information companies can collect about children under 13 while they are online.  The Federal Trade Commission has proposed rule changes that will update the law and keep parents in control even in this new digital era of social media networks, mobile apps, gaming sites and tracking that goes on while kids are web browsing.  There is already mounting industry opposition to these rule changes which will provide parents with another tool to stay in control.  Parents must make their voices heard so that the FTC knows that we support these important rule changes that keep parents in charge.  

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Today the FTC announced its updates to COPPA

      Joy  Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for making your voices heard! Today the Federal Trade Commission made their announcement that they have approved updates to COPPA for a new digital era. Among other things companies may not target children under 13 with behavioral advertising or track them using cookies and other persistent identifiers when they are online in order to advertise to them. Things like geo-location, photographs, video, audio files that contain a child's image or voice are now also covered and need parental consent before companies can collect or use this information. This is a great victory! Over 50 advocacy organizations also sent a letter to the FTC last week urging them to update these rules and they have! Thank you for your support in this and let's continue to keep our eye out on this issue and hold the companies accountable! To keep up with this campaign, online privacy and child media issues visit: www.democraticmedia.org or commonsensemedia.org

      Home | Center For Digital Democracy

      The Center for Digital Democracy and Common Sense Media have partnered for a campaign to support the Federal Trade Commission's proposed rule changes to update the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for the digital era.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures



    Oct 17, 2012

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    Nick Cannon

    Reasons for signing

    • Tracy Gilpin LAPEER, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Many changes need to take place to keep our kids safe. This is one very easy step in that direction!!

    • Barbara McFadden PRIMOS, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Like so many other things, children do not understand or take the time to understand the possible consequences or their actions. This is especially true when it comes to online activities where everything seems so "invisible" and anonymous.

    • Evelyn Herbold MISSION, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have 3 nieces under 12 & are concerned for their well being with all the sex offenders out there.

    • Moriah Greenwood WATERBORO, ME
      • almost 2 years ago

      keep any information on children is fundamentally flawed and leaves our children open to predators of many kinds

    • Christy Delaney RSM, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want to protect the privacy of my children.


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