One day after the FTC issued its second report on privacy concerns with mobile apps for kids, "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade", a consumer privacy group filed a complaint with the FTC against a mobile game-maker for alleged violations of COPPA. The complaint, filed by the Center for Digital Democracy, alleged that the mobile game-maker was collecting children’s personal information through its mobile game without obtaining verifiable parental consent, and without providing the requisite notice under COPPA.
As actions continue to be brought under the current COPPA regime, we’re expecting the new COPPA rules to be issued any day now. In a recent interview, Chairman Leibowitz noted that he was "pretty sure" that the new COPPA rules would be finalized by the end of the year (while sounding less optimistic that a Do-Not-Track deal would be reached in the same time frame). We will continue to monitor this issue closely in the coming weeks.