COPPA Rule Supplemental Comments Extended to Sept. 24th

In an earlier post, I discussed the significance of proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) recommended by the FTC. The FTC has extended the comment period regarding the revisions to the COPPA Rule until September 24, 2012.

The COPPA Rule is designed to protect children under 13 from unwanted privacy intrusion by providing parents control over what information websites and online services may collect from these children.

The revised rule expands the websites covered by the COPPA Rule, makes clear that targeted or behavioral advertising geared at protected minors is covered and expanded the definition of personal information to include persistent identifiers.

Some comments have already been filed. They can be read online.

According to the FTC, the extension was “in response to requests from several organizations.” The FTC now anticipates that “public comments on the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will now be accepted until September 24, 2012.”