Understanding COPPA Guidelines
The Law That Protects Your Child’s Privacy Online
WHAT IS COPPA?
- COPPA stands for the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act”
- It is a U.S. federal law enforced by the Federal Trade Commission
- Its purpose is to give parents control over their children’s privacy online
- COPPA imposes special legal obligations on websites, mobile apps, tablets, and other similar technologies designed for children under the age of 13
HOW DOES COPPA WORK?
- With some exceptions, COPPA requires companies to get a parent’s verified permission (such as through a credit card transaction, customer support phone call, or other legal method) before collecting or using a child’s personal information online
- “Personal information” includes a child’s name, home address, email address, phone number, picture, voice recording, physical location, and certain unique identifiers (like device ID)
- Without a parent’s prior permission, COPPA prohibits certain types of online advertising,community forums, and social networking features
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PARENT OR GUARDIAN?
- Under the COPPA law, you can ask a company to delete or stop using your child’s personal information at any time
- Look for third-party certifications, such as the kidSAFE+ PRIVACY Seal (shown below), to verify that your child is interacting with a COPPA-compliant brand
Visit kidsafeseal.com to learn more.
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