Category: COPPA

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, does a couple of things. As I wrote in the previous post, the law restricts the kinds of products that […]

FTC Slaps Yelp on Children’s Online Privacy

You might think that only companies that operate websites directed at children need to worry about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. A recent case involving Yelp, the online review site, however, shows that websites that aren’t specifically geared towards children need to worry about COPPA, too. Yelp recently reached an agreement […]

Children’s Online Privacy Compliance – Part 2

In my last post, I discussed how to determine if your website or mobile app collects personal information from children under the age of 13, which would make it subject to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In today’s post, I’ll discuss posting a privacy policy that complies with COPPA. Such a policy has […]

Children’s Online Privacy Compliance – Part 1

Today I start a multi-part series on compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, commonly known as “COPPA.” COPPA is a federal law governing the online privacy rights of children under the age of 13, passed in 1998 and updated in 2013. The Federal Trade Commission is the federal agency with enforcement authority under […]

Privacy Policy 101

The massive data breach at the big box retailer Target that happened in late 2013 has focused a great deal of attention on privacy issues. Just this month, Target’s CEO lost his job as a result of that data breach and how it was handled. While Target’s data breach was caused by someone hacking into […]