Youth Digital Marketing

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

Time Warner/Turner Acknowledges COPPA's stronger children's privacy rules. Cartoon Network's Digital Targeting Safeguards

Turner TV is introducing advanced digital targeting to its networks.  But it has exempted Cartoonnetwork because of the new stronger COPPA kids privacy safeguards.  This is a positive move--and we have told so to the FTC.  We commend Time Warner and Turner.
 
Here's an excerpt on its approach:

Facebook's Public Settings for Teens--Safeguards Required for Privacy, Datamining

Yesterday's announcement is linked to Facebook's proposed new data terms of service, which we have asked the FTC to review.  In its ToS proposal, Facebook wanted to declare that it had the right to use a teen's data in any way possible (that teens were no different than adults).  Yesterday&#3

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