Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

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Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) surpassed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) on 21st October 1998. It is a law that protects children of age 13 or below from the random collection, sharing, and use of their information online. It avoids fraudsters using the identity in evil activities. COPPA targets online websites and businesses that tend to collect children’s personal information.

Criteria’s to keep in Mind

According to the rule of COPPA, whether it is an e-commerce store or gaming platform, the private information they collect should be limited and must follow the specified standards. The businesses that still tends to disturb the child’s online privacy should be banned. For firms that deals with children below 13 year age should keep the following criteria in mind before collecting the minor’s data to avoid regulatory penalties and monetary fines:

  • While collecting data from children, there must be consent taken from parents.
  • Parents could edit, delete, or even revoke the consent at any time.
  • If there is any change in the data collection policy, then the first thing that they should do is to inform the parents.
  • All the businesses must specify their policy regarding children’s data on the homepage of their websites.

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Responsibilities Lies

Gradually, the purpose is to protect the online privacy of the children, but still, the government lacks it. The law seems outdated and inadequate, How will an enterprise know the age of the visitor? They just provide a dialogue box asking if the user is 18+ or not. Does that even matter? As children below 13 years, a child may also only check the dialogue box, and then he/she has permitted the particular platform so that they can disturb the child’s online privacy legally.

The parents are equally responsible in this situation. They had provided their children with the technologies at such an early age. They don’t have any idea about the trouble that their child can face in the future. For COPPA Rule, blaming any individual is not right. We all are equally responsible for this. Our loved one’s online privacy is in our hands, and at last, that is what matters the most.

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