In a move that’s likely to raise hackles among the parents who want their kids to spend more of their time online, the Federal Trade Commission has announced that the FTC has ruled that parents and teachers can legally share online content from their homes and businesses.
The FTC’s announcement, which was released today, comes a few months after the FTC announced that it would review whether to require parents to register for the use of third-party software to share content online.
That announcement was met with strong criticism from some tech companies who said that it violated parental privacy rights.
But the FTC’s decision today, which will be made public in a public filing, has been widely praised by parents who believe that allowing parents to share more content online could help improve the quality of education for their kids.
The agency found that online content is often shared with other people and that people can share more information online than they can with other users.
While there’s a long way to go in establishing a safe, secure, and competitive digital marketplace, the FTC is now stepping into the breach to ensure that parents have an equal voice in the digital landscape, said Rachel Siegel, director of the FTC Center for Digital Products.
“This is a first step in creating a digital environment that is more equitable, and one that respects children and parents’ privacy rights,” she said in a statement.
The announcement comes at a time when tech companies are increasingly demanding that parents register for third-parties to share their online content.
Tech companies say that requiring parents to create an account will help keep their kids safe and prevent accidental sharing of their content with strangers.
Tech giants are now pushing to require schools to install software that can be used by teachers and other teachers to access content from classrooms and from other people.
While the FTC does not require schools or their employees to install the software, schools and their employees are required to report to the FTC every time a school has to block access to the site, the agency said.
“While this is not a new development, we welcome the FTC decision to require teachers to register, especially in light of the recent threats to school safety,” a statement from TechStars, a group of schools that includes schools in more than 100 countries, said.
TechStars is also pushing for schools to build a network of third parties that are required by law to share the information about students on their sites.
Techies who use their platforms to access other people’s content are also being urged to register as “content providers” so that other people can view their content without their permission.
And some of those people will be able to share information about their own children with parents and others who are not “content owners” in a way that is consistent with their privacy and children’s privacy rights, the letter said.
In addition, TechStars said that companies like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify, LinkedIn, Etsy, and many others are already required to create a list of “content creators” to ensure their users are receiving information from them in a “safe and responsible” manner.