• The FTC is seeking public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that Aristotle International, Inc. has submitted for approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. COPPA allows industry groups and others to request FTC approval of self-regulatory guidelines that implement the protections of COPPA. Aristotle’s proposed guidelines are available here. More information is available here.
  • On June 17, 2011, the FTC granted early termination of its review into Microsoft’s purchase of Skype. This action means the deal may go forward and neither the Justice Department nor the FTC will review the transaction further. Microsoft and Skype may need to seek review from European and other international regulators. More information is available here.
  • The FTC recently found that Social Intelligence Corp. is in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and can use social networks and blogs to compile background checks on job applicants. Social Intelligence Corp. stores the information for up to 7 years, but states that the information would not be accessible via Internet search if the reporting entity has removed it. More information is available here.
  • The FTC and the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime will host “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft,” on July 12, 2011, at the FTC Conference facility at 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington DC, 20001. The forum will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern, and according to the tentative agenda will feature several guest speakers, including Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer of the US Department of Education. For more information, click here. To view the agenda, click here.
  • On May 26, 2011, the FTC announced that it will be updating its advisory guide on how federal advertising law applies to marketing and sales on the Internet. It last issued guidance on the topic in 2000, in a document entitled “Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising.” The agency seeks public comment on possible revisions to the guide, particularly on the technical and legal issues that marketing entities and consumer advocates would like to see addressed. Comments may be submitted until July 11, 2011.

A copy of the Staff Invitation for comments on the Dot Com Disclosure Business Guidance Publication can be found here.

A copy of the FTC’s 2000 guide, “Dot Com Disclosures,” can be found here.

Interested parties may be submit comments electronically here