FTC Proposes Updates To Children's Online Privacy Law

Author:Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP
Profession:Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed several updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).

COPPA currently provides that operators of websites and other online services that collect personal information online about children under 13, or whose websites or services are directed at children under 13, must:

post a clear and comprehensive privacy policy on their website or service describing their information practices for children's personal information; provide direct notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information from children; give parents the choice of consenting to the operator's collection and internal use of a child's information, but prohibiting the operator from disclosing that information to third parties; provide parents access to their child's personal information to review and/or delete it; give parents the opportunity to prevent further use or online collection of a child's personal information; and maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information they collect from children. The proposed updates to COPPA are designed to address challenges created by technology advancement since COPPA was enacted in 1998 – Twitter, Facebook, and the iPhone and other smart phones and mobile devices did not exist in 1998.

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