Since April of 2000, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has been in effect. The purpose of this law is to give parents greater control over what information their children can access over the Internet. In general, the law requires operators of commercial web sites and online services such as mobile apps, network-connected games, online purchasing, VOIP services, Internet-enabled gaming platforms, and location services to provide notice and obtain parent’s consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13.
Effective July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), citing changes in technology, updated the COPPA Rule and expanded its definition of who and what is covered under COPPA. It is important to know if your company is covered under the new COPPA Rule, what you’re responsibilities are and how to comply with the revised Rule.
The following are some practical definitions and core elements of the new COPPA Rule. This is not legal advice. We do recommend that you visit the FTC website and consult with legal representation to ensure full compliance.
This fact sheet covers:
- How COPPA applies to your company and what information is covered.
- How and when to obtain parent’s verifiable consent before collecting information from their kids.
- How to protect the security of kids’ personal information.
- What to do about information that was collected prior to the new Rule’s effective date.
- Information about COPPA Safe Harbor Programs.