June 5th, 2012
Facebook’s Push for Child Users a Data Jackpot? Not So Fast
By Jordan Robertson
Now that Facebook is exploring ways to allow children under 13 to officially use its service, the company faces two critical questions if it moves ahead with any plans.
The first one is the most delicate: How does Facebook plan to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the 1998 law that sets rules on websites that collect data on children?
The law would require that Facebook, which has 7.5 million users who are already under 13, according to a 2011 survey by Consumer Reports, set up a way to confirm that parents have given their children approval to join the site.