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FTC’s revised COPPA rules go into effect July 1, 2013

May 8, 2013
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On May 6, 2013, the FTC unanimously decided that the revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) will go into effect on July 1, 2013, as announced last December. Several industry organizations had asked the Commission to postpone the implementation date because the FTC had not issued updated guidelines for the revised rules. READ MORE

Vine: The new kid on the sweepstakes and contests block

February 7, 2013
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The video-based social media site Vine is less than a month old, so I haven’t seen any contests or sweepstakes crop up, but it’s only a matter of time until companies take advantage of this inventive, highly visual social media application as a platform for marketing their sweepstakes. READ MORE

FTC issues long-awaited revisions to COPPA rules

January 4, 2013
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The Federal Trade Commission released its long-awaited amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules on Dec. 19, 2012. Anyone who creates or reviews sweepstakes and contests involving children should be aware of these changes. READ MORE

Lawyer who lost $100,000 contest prize spurs debate about ‘vote farming’

October 9, 2012
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Broadly defined, “vote farming” involves contest entrants launching broad social media or online “campaigns” with the goal of soliciting votes from strangers and winning the contest. READ MORE

An exclusive interview with Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator – Part Three

June 27, 2012
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This week we’ve been chatting with Liz Compton, the chief of the Bureau of Compliance at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

An exclusive interview with Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator – Part One

June 25, 2012
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Florida is a recognized leader in the development and enforcement of sweepstakes laws and regulations in the United States. READ MORE

Are you violating the Facebook contest rules?

April 25, 2012
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“Like” it, “poke” it, but don’t post your latest sweepstakes on Facebook without some serious thought. Your contest could be violating the site’s promotions rules. READ MORE

Consider this: How do states define 'Consideration'?

January 12, 2012
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Three elements must be present — chance, prize, and consideration — for a sweepstakes to be illegal. In most instances, sweepstakes sponsors can avoid concerns about illegal gambling by eliminating consideration. READ MORE