October 5th, 2011

FTC Testifies on Proposed Changes to COPPA Rule


The Federal Trade Commission today told a House Subcommittee that it is committed to protecting children online, and that the agency recently proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) to make sure the Rule keeps pace with fast-changing technology.

Delivering testimony on behalf of the FTC, the agency’s Associate Director for Advertising Practices, Mary K. Engle, told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, that the FTC has actively promoted adherence to the COPPA Rule through enforcement actions and by educating businesses and consumers. The modifications to the Rule proposed by the FTC last month are designed to make sure that the Rule continues to be effective even as evolving technology is changing the way children access and use the Internet, the testimony states. The proposed changes also are intended to help operators with compliance, strengthen protections over children’s data, and provide greater oversight of COPPA safe harbor programs.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13, and those with actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from children under 13, to obtain verifiable consent from parents before collecting, using, or disclosing such information from children. The FTC’s Rule implementing the COPPA statute became effective in 2000.

Read more: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/10/coppa.shtm


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