- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 to adopt a policy statement regarding increased scrutiny of Children's Online Privacy Protection Act violations involving education technology companies. The statement reaffirmed COPPA provisions around limiting edtech's collection, use, retention and security requirements for children's data. It was the first vote with a full bench of commissioners following Alvaro Bedoya's confirmation.
- U.S. President Joe Biden released a statement applauding the FTC's vote. Biden said children and families "shouldn’t be forced to accept tracking and surveillance" to access edtech products and the FTC's statement shows it will be "cracking down on companies that persist in exploiting our children to make money."
- The FTC announced a virtual event Oct. 19 to explore improving children's privacy protections against "a growing array of manipulative marketing practices."
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