[caption id="attachment_118731" align="alignleft" width="150"] Data known as "persistent identifiers," which allow a child to be tracked over time and across websites, no longer can be collected without a parent's permission, under the new rules.[/caption]

Aiming to prevent companies from exploiting online information about children under 13, the Obama administration on Dec. 19 imposed sweeping changes in regulations designed to protect a young generation with easy access to the web.

But some critics of the changes worry they could stifle innovation in the market for educational apps.

Two years in the making, the amended...

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