The Circuit: New children’s privacy rules; lawmaker ‘disappointed’ in Google’s answers on Glass

New COPPA rules go into effect: Revised rules governing online privacy for children under 13 went into effect Monday, expanding the types of companies that fall under the regulations and the types of private information that must be protected. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) first went into effect in 1998, and regulators have been trying to update it to reflect a more Internet-dependent age.

Most notably, cookies and other persistent identifiers — which are able to track users across the Web — are now covered by COPPA, meaning the rule now applies to companies that may not necessarily have products meant to be marketed to children. The rules also now unequivocally cover geolocation information, photos, videos and audio files. The law aims to put limits on how long companies can store children’s information and to make it easier for parents to understand what their children are doing by requiring more information to be included when asking for parents’ consent.

Check out this video from the FTC that breaks down the major changes:

Google says no planned changes to privacy policy for Glass: Google said in a response to lawmakers Monday that it has no plans to change its privacy policy as it introduces Google Glass, though the company will provide each Glass user with a personal site to manage their mobile applications.

The letter, sent in response to a May inquiry from lawmakers, also repeats Google’s assertion that it will not be adding facial recognition capabilities to its own services on Glass unless “we have appropriate privacy protections in place.”

But Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said in a statement that the was “disappointed” with Google’s response to lawmakers’ privacy concerns.

“There were questions that were note adequately answered and some not answered at all,” Barton said.

Misinformation on NSA programs: Details from pages of previously classified National Security Agency documents indicate that top U.S. officials have made statements that, as The Washington Post reported, have often been misleading if not downright false.

Officials, The Post noted, say that the discrepancies often arise when they are publicly trying to speak about classified and very technical protocols. But in some cases, officials have had to acknowledge errors — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., who recently acknowledged that a statement he made in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he denied that the NSA collects information on millions of Americans was incorrect.

Nokia, Siemens sign a deal: Nokia announced Monday that it has bought a controlling stake of its joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, from its partner Siemens Networks. The $2.2 billion deal that could put the Finnish company in a good position to produce telecommunications equipment in the future.

According to a press release, the transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of this year. The new entity will phase out the Siemens Network name, but the companies said they will not confirm the new title until the transaction is finished.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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