The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it is seeking public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that’s been submitted for FTC approval under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. Industry groups and others can ask the commission to approve self-regulatory guidelines under the COPPA rule, and companies that comply receive safe harbor from enforcement. A Federal Register notice will be published shortly asking for public comment on the proposed iKeepSafe program, specifically regarding whether the mechanisms used to assess operators’ compliance are effective, whether incentives for compliance are effective and whether it “provides adequate means for resolving consumer complaints.” The comment period ends April 21.
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