Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Well, well, well, if it isn’t my little chickadees looking to learn more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA for short. As always, Pecky the rooster is here to give you the scoop on all things legal and internet-related, so let’s get to it!

First things first, let’s talk about what COPPA is. Essentially, COPPA is a United States federal law that aims to protect children under the age of 13 who use the internet. It does this by putting certain requirements on websites and online services that collect personal information from children, such as their name, address, email address, and so on. The law was put in place to help parents and guardians have more control over what information is being collected about their children, and to help keep that information safe from potentially harmful individuals or companies.

Now, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to learn a little bit more about the history of COPPA. The law was first passed back in 1998, so it’s been around for quite a while now. It was put in place largely in response to concerns from parents and lawmakers about the potential risks of letting children use the internet without any sort of regulation or oversight. At the time, the internet was still relatively new and many people were still trying to figure out how to use it safely and responsibly. COPPA was one of the first big steps taken to help ensure that children were protected while they were online.

Of course, as with any law, there have been a few changes to COPPA over the years. One of the most notable updates happened in 2013, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is the government agency responsible for enforcing COPPA, made some significant changes to the law’s rules. These changes included new requirements for online services that collect personal information from children, such as the need to get verifiable parental consent before collecting that information. The changes also included new rules for website operators to help them ensure that they were complying with the law.

So, how does all of this relate to domain names, you might be asking? Well, if you own a website or an online service that is directed at children under the age of 13, or if you knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13, then COPPA applies to you. This means that you need to make sure that you’re following all of the rules laid out in the law, such as getting parental consent before collecting any information, providing notice to parents about your data collection practices, and keeping any information you collect safe and secure.

There have been a few notable cases over the years where companies have run afoul of COPPA’s rules. One such case involved TikTok, the popular social media app, which was fined $5.7 million by the FTC in 2019 for violating COPPA’s rules. The company was accused of collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 without getting parental consent first. TikTok has since made changes to its policies and procedures to ensure that it complies with COPPA.

So, what are some tips for website and online service operators who want to make sure that they’re following COPPA’s rules? First and foremost, you need to make sure that you understand the law and its requirements. This means taking the time to read up on the law and to stay up to date with any changes or updates that may be made to it. You also need to make sure that you’re providing parents with clear and easy-to-understand information about your data collection practices, and that you’re getting their consent before you collect any information from their children.

Another important tip is to make sure that you’re keeping any information you collect safe and secure. This means taking appropriate measures to protect it from unauthorized access, theft, or loss. Make sure that you are using strong passwords and are regularly changing them. Consider encrypting sensitive information, and use secure networks and connections when transmitting data.

Finally, it’s important to stay up to date on changes and updates to data privacy laws, as they can and do change frequently. Make sure that you are aware of the latest requirements and regulations, and work with legal professionals to ensure that your company is fully compliant.

As a rooster, I know that protecting our chicks is a top priority. In the same way, protecting sensitive information and personal data is critical for businesses that operate online. By following these tips and staying aware of the latest data privacy laws and regulations, you can keep your company and your customers safe and secure.

Remember, it’s not just about following the law – it’s about creating a culture of trust and respect with your customers. By being transparent about your data collection and storage practices, and working to protect sensitive information, you can build long-lasting relationships with your customers and keep them coming back for more.


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