WASHINGTON (4/30/13)--The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help the public prepare for changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requirements that are scheduled to go into effect July 1.
COPPA addresses the collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information for children under 13 years old by websites and other online services, including credit unions that have websites and/or mobile banking applications.
The FAQs are intended for all website operators, mobile application developers, plug-ins and advertising networks operating on child-directed websites and online services, the FTC said. The document, "Complying With COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions," addresses the basics of the COPPA rule. More specific details are also provided.
The COPPA changes aim to strengthen children's privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13. The FTC said the changes are an attempt to keep up with an ever-changing technological landscape.
The changes would:
For more on the FTC FAQ, use the resource link.