Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online

The Internet offers families an amazing cornucopia of knowledge and entertainment from anywhere in the world, but just like any public place in the real world, parents should give some consideration to where and when to allow their kids to play, and whether or not they should be chaperoned. The World Wide Web was not…

How AgeCheq Verifies You Are An Adult

The Childrens’ Online Privacy Protection act requires game and app developers to get permission from parents before collecting data from kids under 13. The rule gives developers a limited choice of methods for proving that the person who is giving permission is an adult. Here is a quick video describing how AgeCheq determines whether you…

Thoughts on the FTC’s SnapChat Settlement

This week I’m going to discuss the FTC privacy enforcement action that was announced yesterday against SnapChat.  It’s a cautionary tale for app developers who imply that their app has capabilities or safeguards that it does not actually have.  Just to be clear – the SnapChat action has nothing to do with the updated U.S.…

COPPA: When Parents Change Their Mind

I’ve spent the last few blog posts describing the many things you are required to do in order to comply with the latest update of the U.S. COPPA law.  You have positively identified the parent, given them an up-to-date disclosure of all the private data your game and your ad networks capture, and they have…