Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act.
Four months after the Federal Trade Commission passed sweeping updates to the children's online privacy law, the agency released a key document that websites and mobile apps directed to children will need to consult in order to become compliant by July 1.
Flanked by the leading privacy hawks in Congress, Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz Wednesday unveiled tighter rules to strengthen kids online and mobile privacy.
Hoping to pressure the Federal Trade Commission to step up its enforcement of kids' privacy laws, the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint against Nickelodeon and PlayFirst's SpongeBob Diner Dash app game. In the game, children help SpongeBob seat, serve and please customers in five Bikini Bottom restaurants run by the greedy Mr. Krabs.
Mobbles pre-emptively took its mobile app for kids temporarily offline this morning after learning that a privacy group would be filing a complaint against it with the Federal Trade Commission.