APA Public Interest Government Relations Office update
By Kerry Bolger, PhD
Federal Trade Commission updates children’s online privacy protection rule
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule to strengthen privacy protections for children and give parents more control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13. APA and a broad coalition of partner organizations encouraged the FTC to update the Rule to reflect the growing use of newer technologies, such as social networks and smartphone apps.
Under the new FTC Rule, which was released on Jan. 17, websites and smartphone apps will have to obtain parental consent before gathering photos, videos, or geographic location of children, and before tracking children’s online behavior. Web sites that collect information on children will be required to protect it, keep it “for only as long as is reasonably necessary,” and then delete it safely.
APA participates in National Convening on Fair Sentencing of Youth
APA’s PI-GRO participated in a panel at the 2012 National Convening of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth on Nov. 15 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. PI-GRO staff discussed APA’s contributions to the fair sentencing of youth, including APA’s influential amicus curiae briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in cases on capital punishment and sentences of life without parole for juveniles. The meeting provided an opportunity for partners from around the country to build relationships and share strategies in response to the recent Supreme Court decision abolishing mandatory life without parole sentences for children, Miller v. Alabama.