Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) release of its new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule:
"With the carefully considered changes to the COPPA rule finalized today, the FTC is ensuring that COPPA continues to meet its goal of keeping parents in control of their children's information, including their location, their photographic images, and records of their online habits and activities. Congress was well aware that technology can change quickly and gave the FTC enough flexibility and discretion to make sure the law could evolve with technology. In the 14 years since COPPA was enacted, how children interact with online services has changed dramatically as these services have become accessible from almost anywhere on ever smaller mobile devices. The techniques used to collect information about all of us have also changed, becoming both more prolific and opaque."