Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA)

COPPA was passed into law in 1998. The primary goal of COPPA is to allow parents of children under the age of 13 to control what personal information can be collected online of their child and how the information is to be used. In order for this to happen, Operators (commercial websites and online services) covered under COPPA must agree to six guidelines. These guidelines basically state that the Operators will post a privacy policy on their website, contact parents when asking for personal information, allow parents access to the child's information, and allow parents the right to stop the collection of the child's information.


Federal Trade Commission


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