CoSN | Member Bulletin
December 15, 2008
Editor's Note: December 15 & January 1 Issues
2009 Board of Directors Election Results
CoSN Webcast Series: Long Tail Learners: How Technology Transforms Learning - January 21, 2009
Tech Trends Every School Leader Should Know
Early Bird Discount Registration for CoSN 2009 Annual Conference Ends January 16
CoSN News
CoSN Welcomes New Members
Duncan Named U.S. Secretary of Education
Obama Proposed Economic Stimulus & Ed Tech Plan
Why Obama Canít Ignore Ed Tech
New Coalition for National Broadband Strategy
Sony Settles COPPA Violation
E-rate Utilization Report
Obama CTO
CTO Essential Resources
Benchmark IT Survey: How Does Your District Compare?
Google CEO Speaks on U.S. Policy Priorities
States Progress on Student-Level Longitudinal Data
Bad Economy, Green IT and Web 2.0 Shape 2008 IT Trends
Future of the Internet III
Chief of the Year
In The News
Universal Design for Learning Webcast Series
Online Safety Recommendations for Obama Administration
Improving Public Library Internet Connections
Helping Students Understand the Digital Transition
2009 Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology: Deadline: March 16, 2009
Intel Schools of Distinction: Deadline: February 17, 2009
$5 Million PreK-12 STEM Grant Program: Deadline: February 15, 2009

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Sony Settles COPPA Violation

Sony allegedly violated the FTC’s COPPA Rule, and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by knowingly collecting personal information from at least 30,000 underage children on 196 of the company’s interactive music fan sites without first obtaining parental consent. Sony collected this information despite representations in its privacy policy that users who indicated they were under age 13 would be restricted from participating in the company’s web page activities. In addition to the $1 million penalty, the consent decree requires Sony to delete all personal information collected and maintained in violation of COPPA, and link to certain FTC consumer education materials for the next five years. 

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