Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Not everyone is happy with COPPA!

COPPA mandates that Operators gain parental consent when a child under the age of thirteen is required to provide personal information. However, one of the problems arising has to do with funding. I came across an interesting article from WIRED magazine (click on the post topic) about a Thomas the Engine website that had to inform their large adolescent audience that they had to suspend e-mailing news because of the new law. The main reason for the suspension was due to additional and expensive funding. In addition, Operators say that it is too much of a hassle to get parental consent for each child. Creators of the law argue that protecting the child's information weighs more heavily and that Operators should be able to comply with the law by making minor adjustments.

On a side note: Operators who specifically cater to kids will get charged $11,000 per kid, if they violate COPPA.

Check out this related article:
Wired Magazine

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