|Received:||2/10/2005 5:58:00 PM|
|Organization:||Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhoo|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
Comments:The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act was designed to prevent companies from eliciting and exploiting private information from children under the age of thirteen. Under no circumstances should a company be allowed to collect personal information from young children without verifiable parental consent. Merely receiving an email from a parent’s email address does not qualify as permission since it is possible for parents to not even be aware that an exchange has taken place and therefore allows companies to market to children without parental permission. We ask the FTC to rescind the temporary ruling that will allow this to occur and require that all companies that collect information from children under 13 be subject to the more stringent policies that govern operators wishing to disclose children’s information publicly or to third parties.