16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503
I urge the FTC to update the COPPA Rule as soon as possible to protect children. I am an attorney who teaches Business Law/Ethics at the University of Arizona. I am a mother of 2 young children. I am a member of the Board of Trustees at our children's parent-owned cooperative school. I am politically active in my community. And I am alarmed at the freedom the FTC gives corporations regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about children. We cannot trust corporations to self-regulate when it comes to kids. We must limit the information corporations are allowed to collect from children on-line. If a stranger approached my child on the sidewalk behind my back and tried to get my child's name, age, photo, address, favorite toy, and favorite food, I would call 911! Then if the stranger began sending letters in the mail to my child based on this personal information, I would try to have the person arrested. Yet this is what happens on-line! And it is very creepy. Children are vulnerable and it is our duty as adults to protect them. It is not our duty as a society to protect corporations who want to make money off kids. Juvenile law requires that we always act in the best interests of the child. Thank you.