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Internet Association Expresses Concern on FTC COPPA “Actual Knowledge” Standard



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement regarding the letter the association sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlining concerns on the actual knowledge standard of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”):

“As a trade association representing leading Internet companies, the Internet Association shares the FTC’s commitment to protecting children’s online privacy. Our members have worked diligently to come into compliance with the revised COPPA Rule by the July 1 effective date. However, we continue to have several concerns, particularly about a potentially broad reading of the “actual knowledge” standard, that could impede the ability of companies to design robust operational and technical means to comply with COPPA. During this period of transition, we encourage the Commission to exercise its prosecutorial discretion with all companies that are attempting to comply with the revised Rule in good faith.”

Click here  to view The Internet Association letter filed today.