What is COPPA?

Congress enacted COPPA (The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) in 1998 with strict new revisions that went into place July 2013. COPPA required the Federal Trade Commission to issue and enforce regulations concerning children’s online privacy. The primary goal of COPPA is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. The Rule was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet.

COPPA applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. COPPA also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children.

How do I determine if my online property triggers COPPA?

Do you…
  • checksilCollect personal and/or demographic info (first name, last name, email, phone, username, password, age, gender, city, state, hobbies, etc…)? Facilitate the ability to upload pictures, video or audio?
  • checksilProvide sharing, “tell a friend” features and/or a wish list?
  • checksilUse behavioral or contextual marketing?
  • checksilShare information with third parties or plug-ins?
  • checksilAllow third parties or vendors contact your subscribers?
  • checksilProvide Facebook Connect or other open ID authentication services?
  • checksilProvide chat or messaging board functions?
  • checksilWant to collect a parent and/or child email to send newsletters, progress reports or promotions?
  • checksilWant to send push notifications?
Yes? THEN… You need PRIVO!

COPPA Resources

Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions

AND SMALL ENTITY COMPLIANCE GUIDE (revised July 2013). The FTC’s FAQs are intended to supplement the compliance materials available on the FTC website.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: A Six-Step Compliance Plan For Your Business

Here’s a step-by-step plan, put out by the FTC, for determining if your company is covered by COPPA – and what to do to comply with the Rule.

The COPPA Rule

Here is the complete COPPA Rule
in PDF form – 167 pages

COPPA Overview Video

Video overview of the COPPA Rule, with Peder Magee of the Federal Trade Commission