Aristotle Earns Safe Harbor Status from FTC

US-FederalTradeCommission-SealThe Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle, just got word today that it was approved by the FTC as a "safe harbor" program:

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that Aristotle International, Inc. has been approved as a "safe harbor" program under the terms of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA's "safe harbor" provision is designed to provide flexibility and promote efficiency in complying with the Act by encouraging industry members or groups to develop their own COPPA oversight programs. Operators that participate in a COPPA safe harbor program will, in most circumstances, be subject to the review and disciplinary procedures provided in the safe harbor's guidelines in lieu of formal FTC investigation and law enforcement.

The FTC's COPPA Rule requires that operators of commercial websites and online services directed to children under the age of 13, or general-audience websites and online services that knowingly collect personal information from children under 13, must post comprehensive privacy policies on their sites, notify parents about their information practices, and obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing any personal information from children under the age of 13. COPPA also directed the Commission to review and approve self-regulatory program guidelines that would serve as safe harbors.

Read the full FTC release here.

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