The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously to retain the July 1, 2013, implementation date for the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule.
The COPPA rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services directed to children under age 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children. It also applies to operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge they’re collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under age 13.
A number of organizations requested the FTC reconsider the July 1 date. But the FTC voted to retain it, noting the importance of ensuring the enhanced privacy protections of the revised rule are available to children without delay, “especially in the face of rapid evolution in the ways children interact with the Internet.”
The amended rule:
►Modifies key definitions, such as “operator,” “personal information,” and “website or online service directed to children”;
►Revises the parental notice provisions;
►Allows additional ways for website operators to obtain verifiable parental consent; and
►Enhances confidentiality and security requirements for children’s personal information.