COPPA 2.0 FAQs: Websites & Online Services for Children

Sean Bryant

COPPA 2.0 compliance is here. Whether your site is ready or not, you need to be asking, enquiring, and doing whatever you can to come up to par with the current regulations. There is a laundry list of provision’s the FTC has put in to place, and on their behalf, have offered reasonable responses and substantial time to comply.

Inversoft has provided a  shortened version of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Please remember, this is merely a simplified reference. For more detailed information refer to the link at the bottom of this page.

COPPA 2.0

Web Sites & Online Services Directed To Children

 

1. COPPA applies to Web sites or online services that are “directed to children.” What determines whether or not a Web site or online service is directed to children?

Specific factors include: subject matter, visual content, use of child orientated animation or activities, audio/music content, age of models, icons or celebrities that appeal to children, language or other characteristics that is child orientated...

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COPPA 2.0 FAQs: Privacy Policies & Parent Notifications

Sean Bryant

COPPA 2.0 compliance is just around the corner (July 1st, 2013). Whether your site is ready or not, you need to be asking, enquiring, and doing whatever you can to come up to par with the current regulations. There is a laundry list of provision’s the FTC has put in to place, and on their behalf, have offered reasonable responses and substantial time to comply.

Over the next week, Inversoft will supply shortened versions of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Please remember, this is merely a simplified reference. For more detailed information refer to the link at the bottom of this page.

Privacy Policies

Privacy Policies & Direct Notices to Parents

 

1. My child-directed Web site does not collect any personal information. Do I still need to post a privacy policy online?

No.  However, the FTC recommends that all Web sites/services directed to children – post privacy policies online so visitors can easily learn about the operator’s information practices.

2. What information must I include in my online privacy policy?

While the original Rule required operators to provide extensive categories of information in their online privacy notices, the amended Rule now takes a shorter, more streamlined approach... Under the amended Rule, the online notice must state the following three categories of information:

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COPPA 2.0 FAQs: COPPA Enforcement

Sean Bryant

COPPA 2.0 compliance is just around the corner (July 1st, 2013). Whether your site is ready or not, you need to be asking, enquiring, and doing whatever you can to come up to par with the current regulations. There is a laundry list of provision’s the FTC has put in to place, and on their behalf, have offered reasonable responses and substantial time to comply.

Over the next week, Inversoft will supply shortened versions of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Please remember, this is merely a simplified reference. For more detailed information refer to the link at the bottom of this page.

COPPA Enforcement

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COPPA Enforcement

 

1. How does the FTC enforce the Rule?

For information on COPPA enforcement, click on the Case Highlights link in the FTC's Business Center. Parents, consumer groups, industry members, and others that believe an operator is violating COPPA may submit complaints to the FTC through the FTC’s Web site, www.ftc.gov, or toll free number, (877) FTC-HELP.

2. What are the penalties for violating the Rule?

Operators who are in violation of the Rule for civil penalties are liable up to $16,000 per violation. Potential factors the court may assess: how bad the violation, previous violations, the number of children involved, the amount and type of personal information collected, how the personal information was used, was it shared with third parties and the size of the company.

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COPPA 2.0 FAQs: General Questions 8 - 14

Sean Bryant

COPPA 2.0 compliance is just around the corner (July 1st, 2013). Whether your site is ready or not, you need to be asking, enquiring, and doing whatever you can to come up to par with the current regulations. There is a laundry list of provision’s the FTC has put in to place, and on their behalf, have offered reasonable responses and substantial time to comply.

Over the next week, Inversoft will supply shortened versions of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Please remember, this is merely a simplified reference. For more detailed information refer to the link at the bottom of this page.

COPPA 2.0

General Questions 8 - 14

 

8. What should I do if I have a complaint about someone violating the COPPA Rule?

You may fill out a complaint form online at Consumer Complaint? Report it to the FTC.  You also may call our toll free telephone number, (877) FTC-HELP, to submit your complaint to a live operator.

9. What types of online services does COPPA apply to?

Services that allow users to play online games, social networks, purchasing goods or services online, online advertisements, or interactions with other online content and services. Mobile applications that connect to the internet and geolocation based applications are also online services covered by COPPA

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Complying with COPPA 2.0: FAQs

Sean Bryant

COPPA 2.0 compliance is just around the corner (July 1st, 2013). Whether your site is ready or not, you need to be asking, enquiring, and doing whatever you can to come up to par with the current regulations. There is a laundry list of provision's the FTC has put in to place, and on their behalf, have offered reasonable responses and substantial time to comply.

Over the next week, Inversoft will supply shortened versions of the 'Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide'.

Please remember, this is merely a simplified reference. For more detailed information refer to the link at the bottom of this page.

 COPPA

GENERAL QUESTIONS  (1 - 7) of 14

 

1. What is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) is a United States federal law. Effective April 21, 2000, applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction from children under 13 years of age.

Website owners/operators and online services (including mobile apps) must provide a privacy policy sharing when and how verifiable consent is collected from a parent or guardian, and the responsbilities that apply to the operator when protecting children's privacy and safety online.

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