COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

What is COPPA?

COPPA is a law enacted on July 1, 2013, and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that is designed to protect the privacy of children under 13. The law is designed to put parents in control of how "websites" and "online services" use their children's personal information. Violations of COPPA can result in legal action including civil penalties.

6 Steps To COPPA Compliance

  1. Determine if your company is a "Website" or "Online Service" that collects personal information from children under the age of 13.
  2. Create and post a COPPA-compliant privacy policy.
  3. You must notify parents directly before collecting any personal information from children under 13.
  4. You must obtain verifiable consent from parents before collecting any personal information from their children under the age of 13.
  5. Ensure you honor the ongoing rights of parents as they relate to the protection of their children's personal information.
  6. You must implement reasonable procedures designed to protect the security of personal information of children under 13.

To learn more about the details of the COPPA law, please visit our Achieving GDPR and COPPA Compliance blog post or the FTC website.

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