2010 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule Review
In regards to whether there are additional technological methods to obtain verifiable parental consent that should be added to the COPPA Rule, and whether any of the methods currently included should be removed, I offer the following comments. It is critically important for parents to consent to the release of children’s privacy information. As technologies advance, and the occurrences and ease of identity theft rise, we must protect our children from becoming victims of these crimes. Additionally, children do not typically understand not only how vulnerable they are, but the importance of maintaining confidentiality and security of personal information. The current technologies are not sufficient to ensure parents are providing consent. As a father of five children, I am constantly reminding my children about the importance of privacy. Unfortunately, I am unable to always monitor their internet activities. Simply having a checkbox, on a site acknowledging parental consent in not enough, any child can check that box, with or without parental knowledge. It is my opinion that all parental consent should come in written form. Additionally, any request for the release of a minor’s information should be for one time use only. As a parent, I am very concerned about the privacy and well being of not only my children, but my neighbors as well. Measures must be taken to ensure their privacy is maintained, and until they are legally responsible for their own actions, parents must have an active role in protecting children’s rights. Thank you for considering my comments on this issue.