Children’s Privacy

Children’s Privacy

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:

  1. Implementing a privacy policy detailing information collection practices
  2. Obtaining parental consent prior to collecting personal information for children under 13
  3. The right to revoke consent and delete information
  4. Disclosure to parents of information collected on their children
  5. Limited collection of information when child uses online programs and applications
  6. 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.


Privacy Calendar

all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
10:15 am You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]
all-day PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 all-day
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: “Defining Privacy.”   While the Board will[...]
all-day W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
The Workshop on User Centric App Controls intents to further the discussion among stakeholders of the mobile web platform, including researchers, developers and service providers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection[...]
all-day IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Government and FTC and Consumer Privacy return to Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
9:00 am Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am
The EU Member States have agreed to conclude the negotiations on the EU Data Protection draft Regulation in 2015. The process will have arrived at a critical point by the end of this year. The[...]

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