Some privacy and consumer advocates allege that a new Microsoft service, which is intended to help parents control the information their children give out online, actually is misleading and fails to comply with a federal law aimed at protecting children's online privacy. They have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate.

Microsoft denies the allegations and responds that some of the groups' complaints basically amount to nit-picking.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, along with the Center for Media Education and 11 other organizations, filed supplemental materials in support of


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