For many businesses, expanding to the internet seems almost like a necessity.
Many businesses do not realize that their websites need to be COPPA compliant.
Businesses that need to comply with COPPA include:
(1) businesses that are directed at children under the age of 13; and
(2) a general audience website that collects personal data from children, or has actual knowledge that some site visitors are children.
According to the FTC, "personal data" is all "individually identifiable information about a child" such as a full name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Other information, like hobbies and interests, can also be considered "personal data" if they are collected through cookies or other web tracking mechanisms.
- The parents must also be given the option to consent to collection of personal information from their child without consenting to third party disclosure of this information.
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule: Not Just for Kids' Sites (FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection)
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (Woman Owned)
- Website Terms and Conditions (FindLaw)
- Facebook's 7.5M Underage Users: Keeping Children Safe (FindLaw's Common Law)