|Received:||2/10/2005 7:10:50 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
Comments:COPA was written to protect children from online exploitation, commercial and otherwise. Companies should NEVER be allowed to collect personal information from underage children without explicit, verifiable parental consent. Children can send an email from a parent's email address without parental permission- most children over the age of 6 are fully capable of doing this on a computer. In this case, an exchange of information will have taken place between a child and a commercial interest without parental permission. The FTC should overturn and rescind this temporary ruling that will create these conditions and make sure that companies collecting information from children under 13 to be subject to stricter rules that govern companies and internet providers who want to disclose children's information to third parties.