Children S Online Privacy Protection Act

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act 1998 (COPPA) was not a piece of copyright legislation, but is related to the control of digital content. It was enacted October 21, 1998 and became effective as of April 21, 2000. COPPA dictates how personal information from U.S. children under the age of thirteen is collected and stored in an online format. It specifically delineates how online commercial operators of websites directed at those under the age of thirteen must collect "verifiable parental consent." This verifiable consent is set and regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and based on their sliding scale. The FTC has made it clear that while COPPA is American law, they will enforce its regulations upon foreign websites directed at American Adolescents.

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