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Re: New Federal Law (COPPA)

  • From: John Hall
  • Date: Fri Apr 21 18:14:50 2000

IANAL, but my reading of the law and FTC's requirements confirms your
suspicion.  Once you ask their age, then you materially "know" it and
become subject to this law.  Better not to ask their age or not collect
any info, if their age is 13 or below.


Andrew Brown wrote:
> i have a website that might be collecting information from children,
> even though that's not the "target" audience.  can i ask the person
> how old they are, or is that a violation of the law?
> it seems to me that i must break the law in order to comply.
> or am i just being pedantic?
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John Hall <[email protected]>                                     F5 Networks, Inc.
Senior Test Engineer                                          206-505-0800

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