The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): What Parents Should Know
Congress and the FTC have taken special steps to assure that children under 13 years of age don’t share their personal information on the Internet without the express approval of their parents. Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in 1998 and the FTC wrote a rule implementing the law. The FTC has taken law enforcement actions against companies that failed to comply with the provisions of the law and has issued a report to Congress assessing how companies have complied with it. The FTC currently is conducting a review of what changes, if any, should be made to COPPA to reflect the changes that may have been brought about by technological changes such as the rapid adoption of mobile devices.