Defense Department Drops Parental Control Software

The Department of Defense has pulled a parental control product from its online store serving military families after learning that the company collects children's data, according to documents the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) obtained from the government agency. EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Echometrix, maker of FamilySafe parental control software, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting personal information from children and disclosing it to third parties for market intelligence purposes.

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