continues to run afoul of regulations governing children's privacy, the advocacy group Center for Digital Democracy says in a new Federal Trade Commission filing.
The site's new privacy
policy, posted late last year -- after the watchdog filed an initial complaint with the FTC -- says that Disney collects and uses “persistent identifiers,” like cookies. The company says
it does so principally for internal purposes, but that still leaves open the possibility that Marvelkids collects some information for impermissible reasons, according to CDD.
“Disney’s representation that it collects and uses persistent identifiers “principally” for internal purposes is not consistent with the [Children's Online Privacy Protection
Act] Rule requirement that persistent identifiers may not be collected for any other purpose,” the CDD says in a letter sent to the FTC on Thursday.
New Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act regulations -- which went into effect last July -- prohibit ad networks and operators of Web sites aimed at children from using behavioral targeting techniques on children under 13,
without their parents' consent. Those rules mean that companies can no longer use unique cookies to serve children ads based on their Web activity without parental consent. But companies are allowed
reporting” for use by the Walt Disney Family of Companies. CDD says that this type of “unspecified use” of children's data, by any Disney Company, isn't allowed by the FTC.
advertising. As of last July, Web sites aimed at children under 13 are not allowed to engage in behavioral targeting without parental consent.
In December, the watchdog filed a complaint
the company allows ad networks to engage in behavioral targeting of visitors.