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

10:00 am Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data @ Georgetown Law Center
Privacy Principles in the Era of… @ Georgetown Law Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Experts from the public and private sectors will join public policy experts from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and privacy law experts [...]
all-day 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society Conference
6th Biannual International Surve…
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day
The 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society conference hosted by the University of Barcelona and supported by the Surveillance Studies Network is currently calling for [...]
12:00 pm Data Privacy in Education: Ensuring Student Security while Encouraging Innovation in K-12 Education @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Data Privacy in Education: Ensur… @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Congressional E-Learning Caucus in cooperation with Into and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training presents a luncheon to discuss “Data Privacy [...]
all-day IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2014
IAPP Europe Data Protection Inte…
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
The IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive features timely programming centred on the top issues impacting the European data protection community, with a focus on addressing [...]
5:30 pm InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age @ New America Foundation
InSecurity: Race, Surveillance a… @ New America Foundation
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing disparities, [...]
all-day IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
May 7 – May 9 all-day
The IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium is the leading conference for education, debate and discussion of issues that matter most to Canadian privacy and data protection [...]
all-day Privacy Law Scholars Conference (7th Annual) @ The George Washington School of Law
Privacy Law Scholars Conference … @ The George Washington School of Law
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day
  UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on [...]
all-day Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2014 Conference @ Airlie Center
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy … @ Airlie Center
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference will be held June 8-10 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Airlie Center [...]

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