The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was established to protect children’s online privacy and place certain requirements on website operators and app developers. Failure to comply with COPPA can result in significant legal and financial consequences.
In this article, we will provide a brief but comprehensive COPPA compliance checklist that website operators and app developers can use to ensure they are in compliance with the law.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was passed by Congress in 1998 and mandated that the Federal Trade Commission create and implement regulations pertaining to children’s online privacy. On July 1st, 2013, the revised Regulation went into force.
COPPA’s main objective is to safeguard children’s internet privacy (and at the same time on the mobile ecosystem).
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Operators of websites and online services that gather personal data from children under 13 are subject to COPPA. Here’s a more detailed guide to figuring out whether COPPA applies to you. COPPA must be followed if:
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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) places several requirements on website operators and app developers to protect the online privacy of children under the age of 13. Here are the key requirements for COPPA compliance:
When collecting information from children, COPPA mandates that you “directly notify” parents of your information practices. Also, you must issue an updated direct notice if you materially alter the procedures that parents originally authorized.
You need the verifiable consent of the child’s parents before you can collect, use, or disclose their personal information.
COPPA leaves it up to you, but it’s crucial to pick a technique that’s been sensibly created in light of the technology that is currently available to make sure that the person providing the consent is the child’s parent. You may obtain consent directly or through the child-directed site or service if you have real knowledge that you are collecting personal information from a site or service that is targeted toward children.
Parents have ongoing rights, and you retain ongoing obligations, even if parents have given you permission to collect information from their children.
In accordance with COPPA, you must set up and keep in place appropriate safeguards for the privacy, security, and integrity of any personal data you collect from minors. Reduce the amount you initially acquire. Take reasonable steps to ensure that only service providers and other third parties who can preserve the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information are given access to personal information.