FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle International, as a “safe harbor” program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) on Friday. The COPPA rule grants websites that target viewers ages 13 and under permission to collect their personal information as long as parents are notified and approve the exchange of data. Another clause states that each website must post comprehensive privacy policies on their sites to ensure that all parties have the opportunity to be informed.

What is supposed to be most advantageous about The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program is that it “gives companies more responsible and commercially reasonable ways to obtain parental consent for children online. This innovative application of technology obtains a parent’s clear, unambiguous consent to help children safely enjoy age-appropriate websites.” It is predicted that Integrity will empower sites that wish to focus on children, especially virtual world and game environments without necessitating the use of a credit card.

Site operators felt that this program was crucial because they were relying on e-mail plus, a tool that allows publishers to get parental consent after sending an email to the parent and receiving another email from the parent confirming consent; this process tended to result in considerable delays. Fortunately for overburdened site operators, the commission ruled that COPPA Rules Thanks to the efforts of Aristotle International, there are more ways for sites to obtain legal parental consent; online and offline mechanisms include real-time face-to-face verification of parents via Skype or similar videoconferencing technologies. This enables parents to state whether or not they grant their child permission to interact with a site and also protects corporations from facing legal risks and problematic brand issues.

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