Sep 212011
Changes a-Comin' for Children's Privacy

This past Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission issued proposed changes to its rules implementing COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). COPPA prevents service providers from collecting, using or disclosing personal information of children under 13 years old without their parents’ consent. While many of the changes only clarify the existing rules, there are five main places which might impact smaller service providers: 1. ¬†Broadening the amount of information protected The proposed rules would classify [...]

Jul 262011
Consenting to Cookies in the EU

In 2009, the EU passed a new directive, effective May 25, 2011, with the purpose of preventing web service providers from inserting cookies into their users’ browsers without first providing “clear and comprehensive information” about how the cookies would be used and then obtaining the user’s consent. But, what does it mean to consent? What, exactly, does a service provider have to do? Luckily (or not), the EU has a Working Party that, in a [...]