Youth Digital Marketing

Google's plans to target kids with marketing and ads/Strong safeguards required/Must demonstrate corp. responsibility

Whether a scoop or a purposeful leak to the The Information online news site in order to gauge political reaction, Google's plans to begin micro-targeting children 12 and younger is a critical public policy and child welfare issue.  As the leading digital advertising company--which is what Google really is--how it ensures that children are fairly treated in terms of their privacy and by the impact of the company's powerful data-driven targeting machine is incredibly important to those of us who care ab

CDD Statement on FTC legal action against Amazon's unfair practices regarding kids, apps and purchasing

"Amazon’s policies of making it simple for children to accidentally spend hundreds of dollars in a “kids” app, and its apparent refusal to refund the money to complaining parents, are irresponsible and unfair.   Today’s FTC action shows that consumers who have been charged for their kids unauthorized in-app purchases should not have to foot the bill.

FTC told that iKeepSafe proposal on children's privacy will not ensure COPPA safeguards

Statement from Hudson Kingston, CDD Legal Director:
 

Groups call on White House to support safeguards on the use of "Big Data" when targeting youth, esp. for unhealthy foods and beverages

Twenty-eight consumer, child advocacy and public health groups submitted this letter today to President Obama's review on "Big Data" team.  Among the groups signing the letter included the African American Colloboraative Obesity Research Network, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Consumers Union, Children Now, Common Sense Media, CFA, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Momsrising, National Consumers League, Praxis Project and Salud America!
 

Public Citizen, Children's Advocacy Institute & CDD Oppose Facebook Sponsored Stories Deal That Threatens Teen Privacy/CCFC Rejects Facebook Settlement, Turns down $290K

 
Feb. 13, 2014

Facebook Settlement Endangers Kids and Breaks Law in Seven States, Public Interest Groups, Parents Tell 9th Circuit
Children’s Privacy Organization Denounces Settlement, Refuses Money
 

Rubicon Project addresses COPPA with changes to its ad targeting system/But what are the "300 data" points it uses?

We told the FTC about Rubicon Project's approrpriate changes in its targeting system to address the more effective COPPA safeguards.  In its SEC S-1 filing, Rubicon Project explains that:
 

UK Investigation into Mobile App Purchasing and Children Provide a Roadmap for further U.S. Action

Yesterday's FTC announcement regarding its Apple settlement on consumer consent and in-app purchases by children is just part of what will eventually become a fully developed framework to protect users in the mobile/locational marketplace.  As Kathryn Montgomery and I noted yesterday, the FTC should propose a "rules of the digital

CDD commends FTC on today's Apple decision designed to protect digital consumers

 “The Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Apple sheds light on a growing practice that poses risks to children and families,” commented Jeff Chester, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy.  “Children are spending increasing amounts of time with mobile apps, generating potentially huge profits for the rapidly expanding gaming and app industries.  In-app purchasing is becoming the dominant business model in many online games and other children’s entertainment content on mobile phones, tablets and gaming devices.  Yet t

Parents Against Allowing Children Under Age 13 to Join Facebook according to new research via Yale U

The Rudd Center at Yale University has released a report on a survey asking parents about whether children 13 and under should be allowed on Facebook.  Nearly 3/4 of all parents say children should not have their own Facebook profiles.  The report is available here.  It also showed that "more than two-thirds of the parents surveyed said it would not be okay for fast food, soft drink and other snack companies to market to children on Facebook or for any adver

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