On April 19th, almost one year to the day that Federal Trade Commission (FTC)regulations implementing the Children's Online Privacy protection Act of 19981(the Act or COPPA) became effective, the FTC announced its first civil penaltyenforcement action under the Act as well as its approval of a second safe harborprogram under COPPA. The FTC brought a civil enforcement action against three Web sites, www.girlslife.com, www.bigmailbox.com and www.insidetheweb.com, that the FTCalleged had violated the COPPA Rule by collecting personally identifyinginformation from children under 13 years of age without prior parental consent.Girlslife.com, geared to girls aged 9 to 14, posts content such as advicecolumns, contests and pen-pal programs. Girlslife.com partnered withBigMailbox.com and Looksmart.com to offer free e-mail accounts and onlinemessage boards. The FTC charged each defendant with collecting personalinformation (full name, home address, phone number, and email address) withoutposting privacy policies, collecting more personal information than wasnecessary to participate in the online activity, and failing to obtain parentalconsent prior to the collection of such personal information. In additionBigMailbox.com was charged with providing children's personal information tothird parties without prior parental consent. Girlslife.com has agreed to pay afine of $30,000; the other two Web sites have agreed to pay fines of $35,000. Inaddition, all three sites have agreed to delete all personal information thathad been...
COPPA Turns One: FTC Settles With Three Firms Over Violations, Approves Second Safe Harbor
|Author:||Mr James Long Jr|
|Profession:||Holland & Knight LLP|
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