Why COPPA Compliance Is Important For Most Sites

COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act, is designed to give parents control over what information is collected from their young children online. With the proliferation of devices and experiences, it’s become easier than ever for young people to connect to experiences that collect their information and share their personal data without their knowledge and consent. Brands and developers need to know that they are liable and subject to COPPA regulations as long as some component of their website, app or game collects personally identifiable information.

In this article entitled “COPPA Compliance is Important for General Audience Websites, Too”, Foley Hoag LLP’s Jeremy Meisinger explains why even sites that are not specifically targeted at children need to know and abide by COPPA rules and regulations.

The two key takeaways are as follows:

(1) COPPA is a concern for any online service that collects personal information, even if not obviously targeted at children; and
(2) age verification methods should be implemented and well-tested to make sure they prevent individuals providing ages under 13 from using a site.

You can read the full article here.

batteryPOP! CEO Greg Alkalay Discusses Kpass Partnership

In this excerpt from the Children’s Media Association event: “An Evening with batteryPOP!”, Greg Alkalay, CEO and Co-Founder of batteryPOP!, discusses the company’s partnership with Kpass, and why they specifically chose Kpass as their COPPA-compliance solution.

batteryPOP! is an online and mobile video network exclusively for 6-11 year olds, where kids are in charge of what “POPS.”

 

Study reveals Parental Controls are no replacement for good parenting

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In this NetFamilyNews.org post, editor and founder Anne Collier discusses the results of a recent Oxford Internet Institute and The Parent Zone survey of more than 2,000 14-to-17-year-olds in the UK regarding their internet use.

The study came to three main conclusions:

  1. That “children who have positive offline relationships with their parents are more likely to navigate the web in a sensible way.”
  2. That “supportive and enabling parenting has a more positive impact than restricting or monitoring internet use.”
  3. That “teenagers left to self-regulate their internet and social media use are more likely to teach themselves new skills online and maintain positive online relationships.”

“Rather than restricting or monitoring internet use, parents should let their children discover the net, both good and bad, themselves,” the BBC cites the survey as saying.

To read Anne’s full article, go here.

batteryPOP Chooses Kpass As Their COPPA-Compliance Solution

 

We are pleased to announce that batteryPOP has signed on as our first brand partner.

batteryPOP has chosen Kpass’s easy-to-implement solution to enable them to become COPPA-compliant and gain Verifiable Parental Consent (VPC). Kpass also helps the company by providing a mechanism that empowers their child users to safely sign up for and log in to the batteryPOP site.

“We are so proud of this partnership, and are thrilled that batteryPOP has chosen us as their COPPA compliance solution.” said Dan Nelson, Founder and CEO of Kpass. “Kpass’s mission is to change the way brands, kids, and parents connect by bringing back trust and transparency to digital connections.  We’re on our way, but this is only the beginning.  Stay tuned for more amazing news to come!”

About batteryPOP

batteryPOP is an online and mobile network for kids and families, founded by veterans of Nickelodeon and Saban Brands. With cartoons, comedy, music and more, they present premium video content in a safe, engaging environment, and let kids pick what POPS!

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COPPA Guide and a Great Resource for Chatting with Your Kids About Being Online

This comprehensive guide to COPPA is part of a larger booklet called Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.

If you are already familiar with COPPA, this is a good refresher. To download and print the entire guide, click here.

What is COPPA?
The COPPA Rule was put in place to protect kids’ personal information on websites and online services — including apps — that are directed to
children under 13. The Rule also applies to a general audience site that knows it’s collecting personal information from kids that age.

COPPA requires those sites and services to notify parents directly and get their approval before they collect, use, or
disclose a child’s personal information.

Personal information in the world of COPPA includes a kid’s:
•     name
•     address
•     photos, videos, and audio recordings of the child
•     persistent identifiers, like IP addresses, that can be used to track a child’s activities over time and across different websites and online services

How Does COPPA Work?
Let’s say your child wants to use features on a site or download an app that collects their personal information. Before they can, you should get a plain language notice about what information the site will collect, how it will use it, and how you can provide your consent. The notice should link to a privacy policy that’s easy to understand. The privacy policy must give details about the kind of information the site collects, and what it might do with the information — say, if it plans to use the information to target advertising to a child, or give or sell the information to other companies. In addition, the policy should tell you how to contact someone who can answer your questions. Sites and services have some flexibility in how they get your consent. For example, some may ask you to send back a permission slip. Others may have a toll-free number you can call. If you agree to let the site or service collect personal information from your child, it has a legal obligation to keep it secure.

What Are Your Choices?
Understand the site’s information practices. Start by reading how the company plans to use your child’s information.
Be picky with your permission. Decide how much consent you want to give. For example, you might give the company permission to collect your child’s personal information, but not allow it to share that information with others.
Know your rights. Once you give a site or service permission to collect personal information from your child, you’re still in control. As the parent, you have theright to review the information collected about your child. If you ask to see the information, keep in mind that website operators need to make sure you are the parent before providing you access. You also have the right to retract your consent any time, and to have information collected about your child deleted.

What if it looks like a site or service is breaking the rules?
If you think a site has collected information from your kids or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.