Parents and educators have been thinking a lot lately about the interplay between schools and the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. So we’ve revised our COPPA FAQs to address the questions you’re asking.
What’s new? We’ve updated our answers to FAQs M.1, M.4, and M.5. Those discuss – among other things – whether educational institutions can consent to a website or app’s collection, use or disclosure of personal information from students; best practices about keeping parents informed; and other federal or state laws that may apply.
We've also deleted what was FAQ M.6, one of those “example” questions that posed a hypothetical about an educator who wanted to register students for an online social network in lieu of having their parents register for them. Why the change? We’re doing our best to streamline the FAQs, so we deleted that one since it's addressed by FAQs M.1 and M.2.
Do you have questions we haven’t covered? Email us at COPPAHotLine@ftc.gov.