Parents Day

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It’s Parents Day; and with that comes the parental guidance responsibilities that come with parenthood.

Does your website need a parental guidance check? Is it child friendly; is it clean and easy to navigate?

Did you know that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule is Not Just for Kids’ Sites? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is intended for kid’s websites, but it also may apply to sites aimed at the general public. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule wants to put parents in control of what information educational, retail, or interactive websites collect from kids online.  Most companies that run websites directed at children under 13 are aware of their responsibilities under the COPPA Rule.  But if you run a site directed to a general audience or operate an ad network, plug-in, or other third-party service used by kid-directed sites, you may have COPPA compliance obligations, too. I know you are saying I’ve never heard of such a rule.

There is a list of seven goals of COPPA: Post a clear and comprehensive online privacy policy describing their information practices for personal information collected online from children. Provide direct notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent, with limited exceptions, before collecting personal information online 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 (unless disclosure is integral to the site or service, in which case, this must be made clear to parents). Provide parents access to their child's personal information to review and/or have the information deleted. Give parents the opportunity to prevent further use or online collection of a child's personal information. Maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information they collect from children, including by taking reasonable steps to release such information only to parties capable of maintaining its confidentiality and security; and retain personal information collected online from a child for only as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected and delete the information using reasonable measures to protect against its unauthorized access or use .

The whole surge of children protection came about because of a plethora of events happening around children going online and using cell phone apps purchasing things without parental knowledge. Not only that but children’s exposure to inappropriate adult materials required some regulation; making online purchases indisputable. To secure online stores on the World Wide Web where billions of people can look up just about anything they want or want to know about. Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to put parents in the driver’s seat when it comes to information websites collect about their kids under 13.  Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.  The Rule has been in place since 2000 and the FTC revised it, effective July 1, 2013 . Next, what things does the COPPA rule require?

Websites and online services covered by COPPA must post privacy policies, provide parents with direct notice of their information practices, and get verifiable consent from a parent or guardian before collecting personal information from children.

Staten Fuller sfuller@qsoftdesigns.com
Quality Engineering Designs
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Aurora, CO 80014
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