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FTC expands enforcement guidance on childrens’ privacy laws

Joe Mont | October 25, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has released additional guidance on how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule applies to the collection of audio voice recordings.

The law requires designated operators of commercial websites or online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13.

The FTC updated the COPPA Rule in 2013, adding several new types of data to the definition of personal information, including a photograph, video or audio file that contains a child’s image or voice, to data already covered, such as a name, address or Social Security number. This update has prompted some questions about the application of this requirement when a child’s voice is collected for the sole purpose of instructing a command or request.

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