COPPA at 20: Protecting Children’s Privacy in the New Digital Era

Wednesday October 24th, 12-5pm

Georgetown Law | Gewirz 12

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12:10 PM:                  Welcome, Alexandra Givens, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy

12:15 PM:                  Opening Keynote, FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter 

12:30-1:30 PM:          Panel 1 - COPPA at 20: The Evolving Tech Landscape

Much has changed in the twenty years since COPPA was enacted. Connected toys, home IoT devices, and the emergence of major content platforms are changing how children interact with the internet. At the same time, new research has raised concerns about childhood development and addiction. How has COPPA’s implementation evolved over the last 20 years to meet the issues raised by these new developments? What challenges does this new landscape present? 

  • Moderator: Professor Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law

  • Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation

  • Katharina Kopp, Center for Digital Democracy

  • Sara Kloek, Software & Information Industry Association

  • Morgan Reed, ACT | The App Association

1:30-1:45 PM:            Coffee Break

1:45-3:00 PM:            Panel 2 - Interpreting COPPA: Key Questions & Challenges

COPPA’s implementation continues to raise questions for companies, advocates, courts and regulators interpreting the law. As large-scale data collection becomes more ubiquitous, new questions emerge regarding COPPA’s application to operators of “general audience” devices. How is “actual knowledge” being interpreted? How has the proliferation of third-party data trackers and complex, multi-sided platforms impacted efforts to assign liability? Has the FTC’s approach to “personal information” been successful, and should more be done?

  • Moderator: Laura Moy, Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology

  • Christine Bannan, Electronic Privacy Information Center

  • Ariel Fox Johnson, Common Sense Media

  • Stacey Gray, Future of Privacy Forum

  • Emily Tabatabai, Orrick

3:00-3:15 PM:            Coffee Break

3:15-4:30 PM:            Panel 3 - Enforcing COPPA: Successes, Challenges & Opportunities

COPPA takes a somewhat unique approach to self-regulation. The law includes a provision enabling industry groups or others to submit for Commission approval self-regulatory guidelines that implement the protections of the Commission’s final Rule. Is this approach considered a success? What challenges have regulators and advocates faced in enforcing this Safe Harbor program? What has been the experience of states enforcing COPPA in terms of successes, challenges, and opportunities? What lessons might COPPA have for broader privacy regulations?

  • Moderator: Professor David Vladeck, Georgetown Law

  • Justin Brookman, Consumers Union

  • Angela Campbell, Georgetown Law’s IPR Tech & Communications Clinic

  • Dona Fraser, The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)

  • Cholla Khoury, Director of Consumer & Environment Protection, Office of the New Mexico Attorney General

4:30-4:40 PM:            Closing Remarks, Senator Ed Markey (via video)

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cle readings

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panel 1: COPPA at 20: The Current Tech Landscape

panel 2: The State of the Law:  What are the key questions and challenges that arise in COPPA interpretation?

Panel 3: The State of Enforcement: Successes, Challenges & Opportunities

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