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

Oct
20
Mon
An Evening Not to be Forgotten @ Edmund A. Walsh Memorial
An Evening Not to be Forgotten @ Edmund A. Walsh Memorial
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us for an evening of wine and cheese to discuss the digital Right to be Forgotten in the heart of Georgetown University’s main campus. The right to ‘forget’ personal information online has been controversial the[...]
Oct
21
Tue
Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Aw... @ Google
Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Aw... @ Google
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
To mark its 43rd anniversary, Consumer Action’s Annual Awards Reception on October 21, 2014, will celebrate the theme of “Train the Trainer.” Through the power of individual and small group trainings, Consumer Action each year is[...]
Oct
24
Fri
Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University is hosting a public conference on Web Privacy and Transparency. It will explore the quickly emerging area of computer science research that[...]
Oct
29
Wed
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The rapid emergence of “big data” has created many benefits and risks for businesses today. As data is collected, stored, analyzed, and deployed for various business purposes, it is particularly important to develop responsible data[...]
Oct
30
Thu
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Privacy Act @40 A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act October 30, 2014 Agenda 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome[...]
Nov
7
Fri
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[...]
Nov
11
Tue
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[...]

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