The TikTok COPPA fine has dramatically upped the stakes in kids digital privacy

The FTC dramatically upped the ante on COPPA enforcement this week with a record-setting fine of $5.7m against the app formerly known as Musical.ly (now TikTok). The settlement says TikTok breached COPPA by knowingly collecting personal information from children without first obtaining parental consent, as required by the law. It represents a direct challenge to … Continue reading The TikTok COPPA fine has dramatically upped the stakes in kids digital privacy

Why COPPA flags don’t work (and just cost Oath/AOL $5M)

The announcement that Oath has just been hit with the largest fine in the history of COPPA underlines the volume and quality of child-directed inventory being bought and sold within the mainstream (adult) programmatic exchanges. Exchanges are processing ‘kids inventory’ either knowingly or unknowingly. The current mechanism for publishers to surface this inventory to buyers … Continue reading Why COPPA flags don’t work (and just cost Oath/AOL $5M)

5 things game developers need to know about COPPA and GDPR-K

With 170,000 kids going online for the first time every day, developers have to consider them a likely audience for their games, even if they are not deliberately child-directed. Data privacy laws for children such as COPPA (US) and GDPR-K (EU) are now well known, but the lack of clear guidance on how to apply … Continue reading 5 things game developers need to know about COPPA and GDPR-K

Lessons learned rolling out SafeFam: the first kids content certification program for YouTube

Lessons learned rolling out SafeFam: the first kids content certification program for YouTube

Earlier this year, we launched SafeFam, a YouTube content certification program for young video creators/influencers and their audiences. Stepping into a gap which YouTube has not tackled (or more accurately, cannot tackle) SafeFam helps young content creators learn, understand and adhere to the digital safety and content requirements of the under-13 audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvLnpLILMVA There has … Continue reading Lessons learned rolling out SafeFam: the first kids content certification program for YouTube

The changing landscape of kids data privacy law and what comes next

Twelve months ago, the primary law protecting children’s data privacy was COPPA in the US. COPPA makes it illegal to capture any personal data on children under the age of 13. In less than a year, this has radically changed. Europe has now passed GDPR. Within this far-reaching set of data privacy laws was essentially a … Continue reading The changing landscape of kids data privacy law and what comes next

China rolls out data privacy law for children

In the last twelve months children’s data privacy law has expanded from what was just the US (COPPA) to covering all of Europe (under GDPR-K). But it’s not stopping there. Against many expectations, China has also introduced protection for children online. Recently China published the Personal Information Security Specification which, together with the country’s new … Continue reading China rolls out data privacy law for children

Five lessons from the report showing thousands of Google Play kids’ apps are in breach of COPPA

An academic study published this week reveals that thousands of kids’ apps are collecting and transmitting personal information to third parties, in possible breach of COPPA (and soon, GDPR-K).  The research from academics at the University of California at Berkeley is the most comprehensive ever done to assess the data collection and sharing practices of … Continue reading Five lessons from the report showing thousands of Google Play kids’ apps are in breach of COPPA

The GDPR-K Toolkit for Kids Publishers Part Six: Obtaining verifiable parental consent

Europe’s new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will be enforced from May 2018.  This law obliges all companies with consumers based in the EU to enable new data privacy protection. For websites and apps whose audience is primarily kids, additional requirements apply, commonly known as GDPR-Kids (GDPR-K). Part Six of our … Continue reading The GDPR-K Toolkit for Kids Publishers Part Six: Obtaining verifiable parental consent

The GDPR-K Toolkit for Kids Publishers Part Five: Kid-safe user acquisition

Europe’s new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will be enforced from May 2018.  This law obliges all companies with consumers based in the EU to enable new data privacy protection. For websites and apps whose audience is primarily kids, additional requirements apply, commonly known as GDPR-Kids (GDPR-K). Part Five of our … Continue reading The GDPR-K Toolkit for Kids Publishers Part Five: Kid-safe user acquisition