Don't say they didn't warn you. The Federal Trade Commission today sent letters to more than 90 businesses, informing them that they could potentially be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act when changes to the law go into effect on July 1.
The FTC contacted both domestic and foreign companies making mobile apps that may be directed at children under age 13 about revisions to the privacy rule to "help ensure you are aware of those changes and your compliance responsibilities."
The two-page letter, signed by Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, is quick to note that the FTC has "not yet evaluated your apps or your company's practices." Instead, the letter serves more as a heads-up about new standards for personal information collected from children.