By: Faith Kasparian
On July 1, 2013, the amendments to the regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) went into effect.
The COPPA Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services (including apps) that are directed to children under the age of 13 or that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under the age of 13. Among other COPPA Rule requirements, operators must provide notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under the age of 13. The amendments constitute the first major changes to the COPPA Rule since the Rule went into effect in 2000.
There are five important changes reflected in the COPPA amendments:
- Expanded Definitions
- Additional Methods for Obtaining Parental Consent
- Heightened Responsibilities on Operators
- Increased Oversight of Safe Harbor Programs
To learn more about these changes, please see the full article here.