16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503
COPPA Rule Review, 16 CFR Part 312, Project No. P-104503 Parental Consent Mechanisms It is implausible that the FTC ask companies to gather permissions from parents beyond the email-plus verification program currently in place. Not only would changing the email-plus verification program create an impossible amount of conversations for corporations, it would also create an impossible cost to these corporations. In order to own an e-mail account, major providers ask that registrants be aged 13+ to sign up. Assuming that all owners of email accounts are over COPPA restricted age, email-plus is a great way to gain consent for website registration. There are not currently any other systems in place which will not cost thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to operate. It should fall on the parent to guide their child in the right manner, not permitting them to create an email account or register at a website without their permission. Parents should take responsibility in guiding their children when using the internet, and parent awareness programs, rather than a change to the verification process, would do a world of good. Thank you.