The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) specifically requires website operators to notify parents and obtain their consent when collecting, using, or disclosing the personal information of children under the age of 13. COPPA was established in 2000 in response to growing concern and awareness of the online targeting of children and the collection and use of children’s personal information without parental notice and consent. Its main requirements include:
- Obtaining parental consent prior to collecting personal information for children under 13
- The right to revoke consent and delete information
- Disclosure to parents of information collected on their children
- Limited collection of information when child uses online programs and applications
- Protection of the confidentiality, security, and integrity of any personal information collected from children
FPF/Harris Interactive COPPA Survey:
Recently, the Future of Privacy Forum shared some results of our online survey that we commissioned from Harris Interactive to better understand whether parents share their app store account information with their kids. We now take a closer look at these findings.
Of the 2061 adults that Harris Interactive surveyed, 354 of them are parents of children between 3 and 12 years old. 241 of these parents had a smartphone, tablet or eReader with an app store account such as Apple’s App Store, Google Play or other (e.g., Amazon Appstore, Barnes & Noble store). We asked these parents whether they had ever shared their username or password with their children so that their children could download free apps or purchase apps. The results show that 72% have never shared this information with their kids. And of the fewer than 100 respondents who did share this information, only 4% did not require their children to ask for permission before using it to download or purchase apps. Click through the slideshow below for more detailed information on these results.