Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; AssertID, Inc. Application for Approval of Parental Consent Method, 51677-51678 [2013-20243]

Download as PDF 51677 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 162 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 312 RIN 3084–AB20 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; AssertID, Inc. Application for Approval of Parental Consent Method Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission). AGENCY: ACTION: Request for public comment. The Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AssertID, Inc. (‘‘AssertID’’) under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. SUMMARY: Written comments must be received on or before September 20, 2013. DATES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘AssertID Application for Parental Consent Method, Project No. P– 135415’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ copparuleassertidapp, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex E), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kandi Parsons, Attorney, (202) 326– 2369, or Peder Magee, Attorney, (202) 326–3538, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:09 Aug 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 Section A. Background On October 20, 1999, the Commission issued its final Rule1 pursuant to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. 6501 et seq., which became effective on April 21, 2000.2 On December 19, 2012, the Commission amended the Rule, and these amendments became effective on July 1, 2013.3 The Rule requires certain Web site operators to post privacy policies and provide notice, and to obtain verifiable parental consent, prior to collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under the age of 13. The Rule enumerates methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, while also allowing an interested party to file a written request for Commission approval of parental consent methods not currently enumerated.4 To be considered, the party must submit a detailed description of the proposed parental consent method, together with an analysis of how the method meets the requirements for parental consent described in 16 CFR 312.5(b)(1). Pursuant to Section 312.12(a) of the Rule, AssertID has submitted a proposed parental consent method to the Commission for approval. The full text of its application is available on the Commission’s Web site at www.ftc.gov. Section B. Questions on the Parental Consent Method The Commission is seeking comment on the proposed parental consent method, and is particularly interested in receiving comment on the questions that follow. These questions are designed to assist the Commission’s consideration of the petition and should not be construed as a limitation on the issues on which public comment may be submitted. Responses to these questions should cite the number of the question being answered. For all comments submitted, please provide any relevant data, statistics, or any other evidence, upon which those comments are based. 1. Is this method already covered by existing methods enumerated in Section 312.5(b)(1) of the Rule? 2. If this is a new method, provide comments on whether the proposed parental consent method meets the requirements for parental consent laid 1 64 FR 59888 (1999). CFR part 312. 3 78 FR 3972 (2013). 4 16 CFR 312.12(a); 78 FR at 3991–3992, 4013. 2 16 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 out in 16 CFR § 312.5(b)(1). Specifically, the Commission is looking for comments on whether the proposed parental consent method is reasonably calculated, in light of available technology, to ensure that the person providing consent is the child’s parent. 3. Does this proposed method pose a risk to consumers’ personal information? If so, is that risk outweighed by the benefit to consumers and businesses of using this method? Section C. Invitation to Comment You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before September 20, 2013. Write ‘‘AssertID Application for Parental Consent Method, Project No. P–135415’’ on your comment. Your comment— including your name and your state— will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment doesn’t include any sensitive personal information, such as Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment doesn’t include any sensitive health information, including medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is . . . privileged or confidential,’’ as discussed in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and E:\FR\FM\21AUP1.SGM 21AUP1 51678 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 21, 2013 / Proposed Rules you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).5 Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ copparuleassertidapp, by following the instructions on the Web-based form. If this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘AssertID Application for Parental Consent Method, Project No. P–135415’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex E), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before September 20, 2013. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE By direction of the Commission. Richard C. Donohue, Acting Secretary. AGENCY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 5 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). Jkt 229001 RIN 0790–AJ06 Voluntary Education Programs; Correction Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD. ACTION: Proposed rule; correction. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (78 FR 49382–49400), the Department of Defense published a proposed rule titled Voluntary Education Programs. Subsequent to the publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register, DoD discovered an error in § 68.5(f)(1) on page 49388. This proposed rule corrects this error. DATES: This correction is effective on August 21, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Toppings, 571–372–0485. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 68.5(f)(1) is corrected to read as follows: I. Introduction II. Statutory Authority III. Discussion of the Proposed Rules IV. Section-by-Section Analysis V. Opportunity to Comment VI. Ordering Paragraphs Attachment–Summary of Market Tests § 68.5 The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) 1 authorizes the Postal Service to conduct market tests of experimental products. See 39 U.S.C. 3641(a)(1). Such tests are not subject to 39 U.S.C. 3622, 3633, or 3642, or regulations promulgated thereunder. Id. 3642(a)(2). An experimental product may not be tested unless it satisfies each of the following conditions: SUMMARY: [Corrected] On page 49388, in the second column, in § 68.5(f)(1), in the fourth line, ‘‘paragraph (f) of this section’’ should read ‘‘paragraph (f) of § 68.6.’’ Dated: August 16, 2013. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2013–20366 Filed 8–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Parts 3001 and 3035 [Docket No. RM2013–5; Order No. 1803] Market Tests of Experimental Postal Products Postal Regulatory Commission. Proposed rule. The Commission is proposing a set of rules to address Postal Service filings concerning market tests of experimental products. The proposed rules address the contents of market test filings, describe how the filings will be reviewed, and discuss related matters. The Commission invites public comments on the proposed rule. DATES: Comments are due September 20, 2013. Reply comments are due October 10, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 6750–01–P 16:09 Aug 20, 2013 [Docket No. DOD–2013–OS–0093] ACTION: [FR Doc. 2013–20243 Filed 8–20–13; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 32 CFR Part 68 Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 I. Introduction The Commission proposes to establish rules governing market tests of experimental products to implement the requirements of the standards for market tests established by Congress in 39 U.S.C. 3641. II. Statutory Authority • Significantly different product: The product is, from the viewpoint of the mail users, significantly different from all products offered by the Postal Service within the 2-year period preceding the start of the test. • Market disruption: The introduction or continued offering of the product will not create an unfair or otherwise inappropriate competitive advantage for the Postal Service or any mailer, particularly in regard to small business concerns. • Correct categorization: The Postal Service identifies the product, for the purpose of a test, as either market-dominant or competitive. 39 U.S.C. 3641(b). The Postal Service must file notice with the Commission and publish the notice in the Federal Register at least 30 days before initiating a market test. Id. 3641(c)(1). The notice must describe the nature and scope of the market test and explain why the Postal Service believes that the market test is covered by section 3641. Id. 3641(c)(1)(A) and (B). The duration of a market test of an 1 Public E:\FR\FM\21AUP1.SGM Law 109–435, 120 Stat. 3198 (2006). 21AUP1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 312

RIN 3084-AB20


Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental 
Consent Method; AssertID, Inc. Application for Approval of Parental 
Consent Method

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission).

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission requests public comment 
concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by AssertID, 
Inc. (``AssertID'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes 
provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 20, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``AssertID Application 
for Parental Consent Method, Project No. P-135415'' on your comment, 
and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/copparuleassertidapp, by following the instructions on the web-based 
form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver your 
comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of 
the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex E), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20580.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kandi Parsons, Attorney, (202) 326-
2369, or Peder Magee, Attorney, (202) 326-3538, Division of Privacy and 
Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Section A. Background

    On October 20, 1999, the Commission issued its final Rule\1\ 
pursuant to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. 
6501 et seq., which became effective on April 21, 2000.\2\ On December 
19, 2012, the Commission amended the Rule, and these amendments became 
effective on July 1, 2013.\3\ The Rule requires certain Web site 
operators to post privacy policies and provide notice, and to obtain 
verifiable parental consent, prior to collecting, using, or disclosing 
personal information from children under the age of 13. The Rule 
enumerates methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, while 
also allowing an interested party to file a written request for 
Commission approval of parental consent methods not currently 
enumerated.\4\ To be considered, the party must submit a detailed 
description of the proposed parental consent method, together with an 
analysis of how the method meets the requirements for parental consent 
described in 16 CFR 312.5(b)(1).
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    \1\ 64 FR 59888 (1999).
    \2\ 16 CFR part 312.
    \3\ 78 FR 3972 (2013).
    \4\ 16 CFR 312.12(a); 78 FR at 3991-3992, 4013.
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    Pursuant to Section 312.12(a) of the Rule, AssertID has submitted a 
proposed parental consent method to the Commission for approval. The 
full text of its application is available on the Commission's Web site 
at www.ftc.gov.

Section B. Questions on the Parental Consent Method

    The Commission is seeking comment on the proposed parental consent 
method, and is particularly interested in receiving comment on the 
questions that follow. These questions are designed to assist the 
Commission's consideration of the petition and should not be construed 
as a limitation on the issues on which public comment may be submitted. 
Responses to these questions should cite the number of the question 
being answered. For all comments submitted, please provide any relevant 
data, statistics, or any other evidence, upon which those comments are 
based.
    1. Is this method already covered by existing methods enumerated in 
Section 312.5(b)(1) of the Rule?
    2. If this is a new method, provide comments on whether the 
proposed parental consent method meets the requirements for parental 
consent laid out in 16 CFR Sec.  312.5(b)(1). Specifically, the 
Commission is looking for comments on whether the proposed parental 
consent method is reasonably calculated, in light of available 
technology, to ensure that the person providing consent is the child's 
parent.
    3. Does this proposed method pose a risk to consumers' personal 
information? If so, is that risk outweighed by the benefit to consumers 
and businesses of using this method?

Section C. Invitation to Comment

    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before September 20, 
2013. Write ``AssertID Application for Parental Consent Method, Project 
No. P-135415'' on your comment. Your comment--including your name and 
your state--will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, 
including, to the extent practicable, on the Commission Web site, at 
http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, 
the Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact information 
from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site.
    Because your comment will be made public, you are solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment doesn't include any 
sensitive personal information, such as Social Security number, date of 
birth, driver's license number or other state identification number or 
foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, 
or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for 
making sure that your comment doesn't include any sensitive health 
information, including medical records or other individually 
identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any 
``[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is . 
. . privileged or confidential,'' as discussed in Section 6(f) of the 
FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). 
In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such 
as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, 
manufacturing processes, or customer names.
    If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential 
treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for 
confidential treatment, and

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you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 
4.9(c).\5\ Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC 
General Counsel, in his or her sole discretion, grants your request in 
accordance with the law and the public interest.
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    \5\ In particular, the written request for confidential 
treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and 
legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions 
of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 
4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).
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    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/copparuleassertidapp, by following the instructions on the Web-
based form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``AssertID Application for 
Parental Consent Method, Project No. P-135415'' on your comment and on 
the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal 
Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex E), 600 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your 
paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Visit the Commission Web site at http://www.ftc.gov to read this 
Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws 
that the Commission administers permit the collection of public 
comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The 
Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that 
it receives on or before September 20, 2013. You can find more 
information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in 
the Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm.

    By direction of the Commission.
Richard C. Donohue,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-20243 Filed 8-20-13; 8:45 am]
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