The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rejected a proposal by an Internet safety education group to operate a self-regulatory program that would allow firms that enroll to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), reports Tech Daily Dose. In a letter to iSAFE's chief operations officer, the FTC said it rejected the group's application because it failed to meet the FTC's requirements for a safe harbor program and that iSAFE's safe harbor guidelines "would result in lesser protections for children than provided by COPPA itself." According to the commission's requirements, a safe harbor program must provide "substantially similar" requirements to those included in the COPPA rule, among other provisions.
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