Federal regulators have decided, in light of newer developments such as Facebook and mobile games, that they want to update the laws designed to protect childrens' online privacy. A 1998 law currently requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13 years of age. However, the FTC is of the opinion that in today's digital age, additional protective measures are necessary.
Proposed changes would include someone's location as being within the scope of personal information and would extend the parental consent requirement to third party "plug ins". This extension of parental consent may include toolkits that Facebook distributes to generate "like" buttons on websites. The FTC proposal for changes is to be completed sometime in the Fall of 2012.
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