New regs for Friday: Children's online privacy, telemarketers, vision-impaired truck drivers

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for children's online privacy, telemarketers who access the National Do Not Call Registry, vision-impaired truck drivers and threatened frogs.

Here's what is happening:

Online privacy: The Federal Trade Commission is considering changes to a rule that protects the privacy of young children when they are online.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which was last updated in July 2013, requires websites to obtain consent from the parents of children who are under the age of 13 before sharing their information. 

The FTC has listed different ways in which websites can verify that the parents of these children have given their consent — as opposed to the children pretending to give consent from their parents — but AgeCheq is asking the agency to consider a new way in which parental consent can be verified.

The public has until Sept. 30 to comment on AgeCheq's proposal.

Telemarketers: The Federal Trade Commission is raising the fee it charges telemarketers to access the National Do Not Call Registry, the agency said Thursday.

Telemarketers are required to periodically access the registry so they can remove customers who don't want to receive sales calls from their calling lists. 

Starting Oct. 1, these companies will be charged an annual fee of $60 for each area code of phone numbers they access. The fee is capped at no more than $16,482 per telemarketer.

Truck drivers: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will exempt 14 truck drivers with impaired vision from rules that would otherwise prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

The FMCSA is also considering exemptions for another 35 truck drivers who have impaired vision.

While they are not entirely blind, most of these drivers can only see effectively through one eye but have serious problems with the other eye.

"They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons," the agency wrote. "The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye."

Crashes: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to examine whether certain models of paying truck drivers gives them an incentive to break safety rules and put other drivers in danger.

This may include whether drivers who are paid by the hour have more of an incentive to drive long hours, even when they are tired.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Frogs: The Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the Oregon spotted frog to the list of threatened species, which is just a step down from endangered.

The frog lives along the Pacific Northwest in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and California.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.