Washington Watch: Clouds and COPPA

Coalition Wants Feds Off Its Cloud
As more and more data is stored via cloud computing, consumers are unaware that under current law networked communications have less privacy protections than those stored locally.  The Digital Due Process Coalition, made of prominent industry members and civil liberty groups such as  AOL, Microsoft, the ACLU and the CDT,  is pushing to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require a warrant before such data can be accessed and the request must be related to a specific user or account.  More infoTech coalition pushes rewrite of online privacy law, CNet

FTC Seeks Comment on Children’s Online Privacy Protections; Questions Whether Changes to Technology Warrant Changes to Agency Rule.
The FTC is conducting its bi-decade review of COPPA and will be seeking comments through June 30.  More info FTC Notice