Jonathan Blavin Publishes Article on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP litigator Jonathan H. Blavin and former Munger Tolles summer associate Lauren Harding published an article in the Daily Journal on Aug. 26, 2014 titled “Hurdles for apps directed at children.”

The article discusses the FTC’s recent guidelines relating to how mobile apps can comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the broader significance of such guidelines on the mobile app industry. According to Mr. Blavin and Ms. Hardin, “Although both privacy advocates and the mobile app industry alike welcomed these easier ways to comply with COPPA, the new guidelines also underscored that mobile app developers, platforms and third-party services may face significant exposure for noncompliance.”

The FTC finding an appropriate balance between protecting children’s privacy and the advancement of technology “likely will remain a disputed issue,” write Mr. Blavin and Ms. Harding.

Mr. Blavin is a litigator with substantial experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, and Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He has also been named as a top attorney under 40 in the field of technology law by Law360.