By: Jeffrey Chester | Sep 30 2020
The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and CDD filed comments with the UN’s Special Rapporteur on privacy, as part of a consultation designed to propose global safeguards for young people online. Both CCFC and CDD, along with allies in the U.S. and throughout the world, are working to advance stronger international protections for young people, especially related to their privacy and the impacts that digital marketing has on their development.
By: Kathryn C. Montgomery, Jeff Chester, and Katharina Kopp | Sep 10 2020
TikTok (also known by its Chinese name, Dǒuyīn) has quickly captured the interest of children, adolescents, and young adults in 150 countries around the world. The mobile app enables users to create short video clips, customize them with a panoply of user-friendly special effects tools, and then share them widely through the platform’s vast social network.
Sep 3 2020
Katharina Kopp, CDD (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-836-4621)
David Monahan, CCFC (email@example.com)
Advocates Call on TikTok Suitors to Clean Up Kids’ Privacy Practices
Groups had filed complaint at FTC documenting how TikTok flouts children’s privacy law, tracks millions of kids without parental consent.
Jun 24 2020
Jeff Chester, CDD (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (email@example.com;)
Statement from Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy on Comments filed with FTC regarding Endorsement Guides
May 14 2020
Jeff Chester, CDD (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-494-7100)
Advocates Say TikTok In Contempt of Court Order
More kids than ever use the site due to COVID19 quarantine, but TikTok flouts settlement agreement with the FTC
Mar 26 2020
Jeffrey Chester, CDD, email@example.com, 202-494-7100
Josh Golin, CCFC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 339-970-4240
Children’s privacy advocates call on FTC to require Google, Disney, other leading companies to disclose how they gather and use data to target kids and families
Threats to young people from digital marketing and data collection are heightened by
Dec 18 2019
David Monahan, CCFC (email@example.com; 617-896-9397)
Groups Praise Sen. Markey and Google
for Ensuring Children on YouTube Receive Key Safeguards
Dec 12 2019
Washington, December 11, 2019
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 5 2019
EMBARGOED UNTIL DECEMBER 5, 2019 AT 12:01 AM
Jeffrey Chester, CDD, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 494-7100
Josh Golin, CCFC, email@example.com; 617-896-9369
Leading child advocacy, health, and privacy groups call on FTC to Investigate Children’s Digital Media Marketplace Before Proposing any Changes to Privacy Protections for Children
Nov 27 2019
In the aftermath of Google’s settlement with the FTC over its COPPA violations, some independent content producers on YouTube have expressed unhappiness with the decision. They are unclear how to comply with COPPA, and believe their revenue will diminish considerably.
Nov 20 2019
Big Tech companies are lobbying to undermine the only federal online privacy law in the US – one which protects children--and we need your help to stop them. Along with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), we ask for your help to urge the Federal Trade Commission to strengthen—not weaken—the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Please sign this petition because your voice is essential to a future where children’s privacy is protected from marketers and others.
Oct 8 2019
Most parents can tell you the most popular website for kids is YouTube. But for years, while Google made millions luring children to YouTube, vacuuming up their sensitive information, and using it to target them with ads, Google told the Big Lie: “YouTube is not for kids. It says so right in our terms of service.”
That has now changed, thanks to the advocacy of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the support of a coalition of advocacy groups.
Oct 7 2019
Will the FTC Weaken Children’s Privacy Rules?
Invited Advocates Raise Concerns About Upcoming COPPA Workshop, Plans to Undermine Federal Protections for Kids
October 7 D.C. lineup dominated by tech industry supporters
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 11 2019
I played a key role helping get the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) passed by Congress in 1998 (when I was executive director of the Center for Media Education). Since then, I have tried to ensure that the country’s only federal law addressing commercial privacy online was taken seriously.
Sep 4 2019
Advocates Who Filed the Privacy Complaint
Against Google/YouTube Laud Improvements, But Say
FTC Settlement Falls Far Short
Aug 30 2019
Google YouTube FTC COPPA Settlement
Statement of Katharina Kopp, Ph.D.
Center for Digital Democracy
August 30, 2019
It has been reported that Google has agreed to pay between $150 million and $200 million to resolve an FTC investigation into YouTube over alleged violations of a children's privacy law.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 22 2019
Proposed Consent Order Penalties and Conditions
The FTC should seek a 20-year consent decree which includes the following forms of relief:
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 17 2019
Today, the FTC announced plans to review the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules. CDD and allies successfully campaigned to have the law's rules expanded in 2012, to ensure that the privacy of children 12 and under was better protected in today's "Big Data" driven cross-device environment.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 10 2019
"The Trump FCC just gave some of the country’s most powerful media companies a huge taxpayer-funded gift. By weakening a key safeguard requiring companies such as Comcast/NBC, News Corp./Fox, Disney/ABC, and Sinclair to air on their broadcast TV stations a few hours of educational programming for children, the FCC has placed the interests of the already rich and powerful over the needs of children and families.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 8 2019
Letter sent on June 3 2019 to Chairman Simons and FTC Commissioners in response to a call made by the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood and CDD, represented by our attorneys from the Institute for Public Representation (IPR), Georgetown University Law Center with the commission.