Why Facebook's Argument Against Privacy For Minors Is Doomed

The Federal Trade Commission wants to protect the privacy of minors, but Facebook objects on First Amendment grounds. Here’s why the social network’s argument is weak, self-serving, and bound to fail.

Known as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the proposed rules represent the biggest overhaul of US privacy policy with respect to minors in more than a decade. They would require parental consent for users under 18 for a wide range of common data-collection techniques, including cookies and location tracking. Facebook allows users as young as 13 to become members, so the rules would affect the site’s users between 13 and 18.

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