• Following a public comment period, the FTC has finalized the terms of a settlement with Myspace. The settlement follows allegations that Myspace allowed advertisers to access personally identifying information after promising to keep such information private. The settlement requires Myspace to implement a comprehensive privacy program, submit to independent audits for the next 20 years, and refrain from privacy misrepresentations. More information regarding the settlement is available here.
  • Comments in the FTC proceeding to modify the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rules are due September 24, 2012. The FTC, in response to comments filed in September 2011 regarding proposed changes to the COPPA Rule, proposes to modify certain definitions in the Rule to clarify its scope and strengthen its protections for the online collection, use, or disclosure of children’s personal information. The proposed modifications are to the definitions “personal information,” “support for internal operations,” “website or online service directed to children,” and “operator.” More information regarding the Supplemental Notice is available here. Information regarding the comment filing deadline extension is available here.
  • The FTC will host a “Robocall Summit” on October 18, 2012, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the summit will be to examine issues surrounding illegal pre-recorded robocalls. It will also highlight industry innovations that could potentially be used to trace robocalls and prevent illegal robocallers from faking caller ID data. The Robocall Summit will be open to the public, and will include members of law enforcement, the telemarketing and telecommunications industry, consumer groups, as well as other stakeholders. More information about the FTC’s recent efforts related to robocall issues and the Robocall Summit is available here.