On July 15, 2010, the FTC testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in the hearing titled “Protecting Youths in an Online World”. The FTC stated that it will promulgate new online privacy protections for teenagers 13 years of age and older, but indicated that it will not simply impose the parental notification/consent model in current child online protection law on this older age group. The FTC noted that teens are more likely than younger children to alter their parents’ contact information or misrepresent their age in order to participate in online activities that their parents might not deem appropriate. The testimony follows the FTC’s review of its rules implementing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). During the hearing, Sen. John (“Jay”) Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., stated that he would like to see a “more aggressive attitude on intervention” and suggested that the current emphasis on consumer education and information was an insufficient means of protecting children. An FTC press release on its testimony can be found here. The text of the FTC’s written testimony can be found here.
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