Keeping up on COPPA

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Have you marked your calendar for July 1, 2013?  As the FTC announced in December 2012, that’s the date revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule take effect.  If COPPA compliance is on your “to do” list, you’ll want to stay in the know about two related developments.

First, you probably saw the announcement of the FTC's updated COPPA FAQs — detailed responses to address what companies are asking.  But before diving into the details, you may be wondering if your website or online service is covered by COPPA in the first place.  Yes, COPPA applies to more than just sites directed to kids under 13, but even so, not all online companies will be affected.  That’s why the FTC has revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule: Not Just for Kids’ Sites, a to-the-point publication to help you determine if COPPA applies to your business.

Another important update:  The FTC voted unanimously to keep the July 1, 2013, date for implementation of the revised COPPA Rule.  A letter to industry groups offers insights into the Commission’s rationale.



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