U.S. Expands Child Online Privacy Law to Cover Apps, Social Networks

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday updated its decade-old rules governing children’s online privacy to reflect the growth of social networks and smartphone apps, but backed away from earlier proposals that could have made companies like Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. more responsible for violations.

Kids’ apps and Web sites will now have to obtain parental consent before gathering kids’ photos, videos or geographic location, or tracking kids’ online behavior and passing along the data to other companies.

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