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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its adoption of final amendments to the COPPA Rule, strengthening privacy protections for children online and giving parents greater control over the personal information websites may collect on them, The Washington Post reports. The amendments, the result of a 2010 initiative to update the rule in light of technological advances, include a modified definition of “personal information,” which now includes geolocation information; new ways of gaining parental consent, and the closure of a loophole that previously allowed third parties to collect personal information via plug-ins without parental consent. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the changes “empower parents to serve as their children’s gatekeepers to the online world.” The final rule will go into effect July 1, 2013. (Registration may be required for access to this story.)
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