FTC Guidance of Smart Toys Earns Praise from Sen. Warner

FTC Guidance of Smart Toys Earns Praise from Sen. Warner

Virginia Senator Mark Warner commended the Federal Trade Commission for saying that internet-connected toys are required to have consent from parents of children under 13 for any data collected or shared through the toys. This is in compliance to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

After several instances of children’s data being hacked via apps and smart toys, Warner sent a letter to acting FTC chairman Maureen Ohlhausen to request to clarify COPPA’s scope in such cases.

Olhausen responded in agreement, saying she shares the senator’s concerns and clarified COPPA’s coverage, that it included connected toys and other similar IoT devices.

Source: Broadcasting Cable

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