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The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The Rule first went into effect in 2000 and was amended in 2013 to address changes in how children use mobile devices and social networking sites. Now, the FTC believes it may be due for more revisions. The organization is seeking input and comments on possible updates, some of which are specifically focused on how to address sites that aren’t necessarily aimed at children, but have large numbers of child users. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2XY4TMb

House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6

U.S. TV networks may abandon unbundled Canadian cable for online

Some major U.S. television networks say they’ll pull out of Canada or consider streaming all their content online if a proposal to unbundle Canadian cable packages and let customers pay for a few select channels goes ahead. The comments by some of America’s biggest television networks were made during Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings earlier this month. […] It sounds like an appealing prospect to some consumers, but U.S. television networks that make some of the most popular television shows in Canada say if it comes to pass, they might just bypass Canada’s airwaves altogether. […] It’s an option U.S. networks are keenly aware of. “Non-Canadian programming services have an array of options for moving their content to OTT domains,” [Laura Van Soelen,Gowlings] said. “In addition to partnering with Netflix, each could create its own [or] they could collectively create a new [service] making the broadcast system the second or some later window for programming content.” – Pete Evans,CBC News
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Proposed “Netflix tax” divides Canadians at key TV hearings

Should Netflix and other U.S.-based companies that provide “over-the-top” internet services be subject to a TV tax that subsidizes Canadian culture? The issue has been a source of contention as Canada’s broadcast regulator holds hearings over how to revise TV regulations for the digital era. […] At the “Let’s Talk TV” hearings now underway before Canada’s broadcast regulator, provincial governments like Ontario and Quebec have argued that Netflix should be subject to the levy. The country’s powerful cable industry and the national broadcaster, the CBC, have made the same arguments, arguing that companies like Netflix and iTunes should not get a free pass when their own services must pay for Canadian content. – Jeff John Roberts,Gigaom
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