Much of the clinic’s work at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) involves efforts to enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA makes it unlawful for an operator of an online service or a portion thereof that is directed to children, or that has actual knowledge that it collects information from children, to collect personal data from children unless it provides notice to and obtains verifiable parental consent prior to the collection.
Other projects concern allegations of deceptive or unfair trade practices prohibited by Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act
Much of the clinic’s practice at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) involves filing comments in rulemaking proceedings.
Because all types of advertising – including political advertising – are moving online, the clinic filed comments for the first time with the Federal Election Commission in fall 2017.
Generally, appeals of FCC decisions go directly to the US Courts of Appeals. The clinic has represented petitioners, intervenors (sometimes in support of the FCC, sometimes opposing the FCC) and amicus curiae.
In some appeals, the clinic also represented the clients before the agency, while in others, the clinic was asked to get involved only at the appellate stage. In spring 2018, the clinic filed its first amicus brief in a state appellate proceeding.