Webmaster Questions and Answers
Question: What is this new Children's
Online Privacy Protection Act and am I affected by it?
Answer: The Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act (COPPA) was put into law on April 21, 2000.
Any Website that collects information from children under
13 (i.e. forum registrations, ezines, service registration,
etc.) is effected. Disobedience to the law, which requires
you to get parental consent could cost $11,000 per incident.
So if a Website was found guilty of collecting information
on children (under 13) in 72 instances, the Website could
be forced to pay a $792,000 fine and other possible action
from the FTC.
This is a very serious law that requires
action from Webmasters. Many are banning those under 13
from participating in anything that requires a registration
or email address. Others are spending mass amounts of money
to be in full compliance. What does it take to be in compliance? Click
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