Category: Privacy

“WE WILL NEVER SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION”

Famous last words. How many times has a company told you they would never sell your personal information, in order to get you to sign up, give them your name, your email, your phone number? It sounds great. Hey, I can trust those guys, they will protect my information. And the company is probably sincere […]

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 […]