Federal Trade Commission Updates Online Privacy Rules for Children

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COLUMBIA - The Federal Trade Commission updated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. The rule is designed to protect children's privacy, but the FTC realized some of the amendments were out of date.


The revised amendments now protect children under the age of 13 on mobile and computer applications. Under the new amendments, applications cannot collect information that will be used for behavioral advertising or tracking purposes without parent's consent.

The amendments also modernized the definition of personal information by categorizing pictures, videos and location as information that cannot be released without parental consent.

The new changes will go into effect in 2013.