Stricter COPPA laws due in July to govern underage kids on Facebook, Tumblr

By July, Facebook, Google, Tumblr and others will likely be forced to remove photos, audio recordings or other personal identifiers of children — or else face stiff fines, thanks to updates to a 15-year-old law.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted in 1998. In 2011, the FTC beefed up the measure, preventing sites from collecting personal information from kids such as name, location and date of birth without a parent's consent.

This July, new amendments for kids under 13 will go into effect, approved by the FTC in December. The rules are targeted at sites that market specifically to kids. However, even a site like Facebook could be fined for allowing minors to post self-portraits, audio recordings of their voice, and images with geo-location data.

There are also new restrictions on tracking data, with cookies or a unique identifier that follow registrants from one site to another.

via www.foxnews.com

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Stop Worrying! How to Solve the eCommerce Trust Problem.

Jeff Grass, buySAFE’s CEO, recently posted a comprehensive article on the eCommerce Trust problem, and how buySAFE is specifically designed to tackle this big issue.  Jeff does a great job of laying out the requirements for effective online trust and safety solutions, and I thought you might enjoy the read.

"Stop Worrying! How to Solve the eCommerce Trust Problem. (A must read if you sell or buy online!)" by Jeff Grass on buySAFE’s blog

If you have any thoughts, insights, or comments on Jeff’s article, I would be very interested in hearing from you.