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Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM

Tis the Season for Rulemaking: FTC Announces New COPPA NPRM December 20, 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 Hello all, While we might have thought child and student privacy work for the year was winding down, the FTC had other ideas. Today the FTC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) that would mean big changes for companies and schools, codifying some of the changes stakeholders have been advocating for. We’ll be going through the NPRM in detail over the next few days. […]

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What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems

What New Amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act May Mean for Integrated Data Systems September 2023 Katherine Kalpos, Morgan Sexton, and Amelia Vance       CC BY-NC 4.0 A new amendment to the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) isn’t just about kids.  On July 27th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed KOSA as amended out of committee. While KOSA is designed to protect kids online, one of its new amendments – the Filter Bubble Transparency Act (aka Thune 2), hereafter referred to as “the amendment” – regulates platforms providing content to users of all ages. And notably for governmental integrated data system

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Beyond Commercialization Concerns in Student Privacy

This week’s newsletter focuses on a new report from Human Rights Watch. I decided to write it because this report joins many others from student privacy advocates that focus nearly exclusively on commercialization risks.

When student privacy reports focus again and again on advertising technology as the major threat to student privacy, stakeholders overlook other insidious privacy harms. The likely result of the report will be a series of articles about how student privacy is in crisis and there are not enough laws and companies are bad. That may draw attention to this issue, but it also means that other really important student privacy issues could fall by the wayside.

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