There’s lots of talk about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), but do you really understand how the law works?
COPPA was enacted in 1998 and was enacted to protect the privacy of children under 13 years of age. COPPA charged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with creating the regulations necessary to implement the law.
The original act also required that the law be reviewed five years after the effective date of the regulation (April 21, 2000). This review took several years and various stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions. The revised COPPA Rule was released in December 2012 and is set to go into effect on July 1, 2013.
What follows are 10 questions that every developer should ask herself over the next couple weeks in order to conduct an internal COPPA audit and ensure compliance.