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RE: New Federal Law (COPPA)

  • From: Robert Cannon
  • Date: Fri Apr 21 15:44:50 2000

The law in question is the Child Online Privacy Protection Act, passed in
1998.  Today, (Friday April 21) FTC rules implementing the new law take
effect.  You may be interested in the following information:

FTC's How to Comply with COPPA

FTC's Privacy website

According to the FTC guide, the following people must comply and thus will
want to learn more about this:


If you operate a commercial Web site or an online service directed to
children under 13 that collects personal information from children or if you
operate a general audience Web site and have actual knowledge that it
collects personal information
from children, you must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection

* To determine whether a Web site is directed to children, the FTC will
consider several factors, including the subject matter; visual or audio
content; the age of models on the site; language; whether advertising on the
Web site is directed to children; information regarding the age of the
actual or intended audience; and whether a site uses animated characters or
other child-oriented features.

* To determine whether an entity is an "operator" with respect to
information collected at a site, the FTC will consider who owns and controls
the information; who pays for the collection and maintenance of the
information; what the pre-existing contractual relationships are in
connection with the information; and what role the Web site plays in
collecting or maintaining the information.


-Robert Cannon
Internet Telecom Project

------Original Message------
From: "Moe Allen" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: April 21, 2000 7:10:50 PM GMT
Subject: New Federal Law

The Federal Government just announced a new Law that goes into effect today.

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