Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: FTC Proposes COPPA Rule Revisions

On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission proposed several important revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, which requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. Here’s a first look at what you need to know about the proposed changes, from leading law firms on JD Supra:

FTC Proposes First Modifications to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rules Since Original Adoption in 2000 (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)

“The Federal Trade Commission has issued a rulemaking notice proposing to update its rules implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to reflect changes in technology and online practices, primarily, the popularity of social networking and the use of smartphones to access the Internet and provide location information.” Read more»

FTC Proposes Significant Revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

“The FTC’s proposed amendments touch on five key areas: definitions, parental notice, parental consent mechanisms, confidentiality and security of children’s personal information, and the role of self-regulatory ‘safe harbor’ programs.” Read more»

FTC Announces Proposed Revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (Reed Smith):

“… the Commission proposes modifying the definition of ‘collection’ so operators may allow children to participate in interactive communities, without parental consent, so long as the operators take reasonable measures to delete all or virtually all children’s personal information before it is made public.” Read more»

FTC Proposes Significant Changes to its Rule Regulating the Online Collection of Information from Children (Morrison & Foerster LLP)

“If adopted as currently drafted, the Commission’s proposed changes to the COPPA Rule would not only sweep into the COPPA Rule’s coverage sites and online services that are currently outside of it, but it would also require currently compliant sites and services to undertake a fresh review of their information collection practices, revise their privacy policies, direct notices, and data security procedures, and possibly adopt new mechanisms for obtaining verifiable parental consent.” Read more»


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