A coalition of privacy groups is asking the Federal Trade Commission to stop major companies from soliciting e-mail addresses of children for marketing purposes, Los Angeles Times reports. Fourteen groups will file a formal complaint with the commission today alleging that five kid-themed websites encourage kids to provide their e-mail addresses and the e-mail addresses of their friends. “The FTC should act promptly to stop this commercial exploitation of children,” said the legal counsel for the Center for Digital Democracy, which is leading the coalition’s efforts. The groups are also asking the FTC to prevent some marketing practices, such as the storage of photos children upload to sites. Editor’s Note: The IAPP Practical Privacy Series in New York, NY, on October 30 will feature a session on Marketing to Children Online.
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