Is your website or mobile app compliant with COPPA?
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted in 1998. The Federal Trade Commission enforces COPPA. COPPA aims to give parents control over the information that is collected online from young children. It requires that certain website and mobile app operators take certain steps to ensure that parents can exert some control over the personal information collected from their young children.
Who does it apply to?
COPPA applies to operators of websites, online services and mobile apps that are directed to children under 13 years old that collect, use or disclose personal information about children. It also applies to operators of general websites, online services and mobile apps that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from young children.
What types of "Personal Information" is covered by COPPA?
Under COPPA, the concept of "personal information" of children under 13 includes the children's name, address, phone number, email address, location, IP address, photos, audios and videos.
What must be done to comply with COPPA?
What happens if I am not compliant with COPPA?
The Federal Trade Commission can initiate an enforcement action against you. COPPA provides for civil penalties of up to $16,000 per violation.
What should I do if I think that I am not compliant with COPPA?
You should immediately cease collecting personal information from young children. Then review your privacy policies and information gathering procedures. Correct all the deficiencies before collecting information again.
What should I do if I think that I am probably compliant with COPPA, but not sure?
If that is the case, then go ahead with reviewing the privacy policies and information gathering procedures. Correct as needed.
If you have any questions about compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) or need assistance in ensuring compliance with COPPA, please feel free to contact Harmony Law.