FTC makes kids Web ruling

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Federal Trade Commission staff said Web sites seeking information from kids have to reveal all planned uses for the information; they also must get parental permission for that data. FTC staff said it would consider a "deceptive practice" action in responding to a Center for Media Education complaint. CME had complained about a SpectraCom Inc. site that has since gone through major changes. The agency said as a result of the changes it would not take action against SpectraCom.

At the White House meeting of Internet leaders on Wednesday, search engine companies Yahoo!, Excite, Infoseek Corp. and Lycos, along with CNET, the computer network, agreed to work together toward self-regulation on the World Wide Web.

Disney Online also pledged to continue its support of industrywide initiatives to make the Internet more family friendly. Disney Online executives reiterated their stand in a statement in response to President Clinton's concerns stated in a meeting today with Internet industry leaders in Washington. Disney pointed to its development of Kid.com, which will provide children and parents with a "safe browsing experience" and development of software that "empowers parents to control family access to Web sites, online chats and e-mail."

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