Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 10
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
As concerns over online marketing targeted at children increased in the 1990s, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA provides that a website - or any online service - collecting personal information from children under 13 must obtain verifiable consent for that collection from parents; provide a privacy notice describing what information is collected and how it will be used; and store the collected information securely. Recently, the COPPA regulations were updated to protect children's geolocation data, unique device identifiers and other types of information.
To help ensure compliance with COPPA, it is important for operators of any University websites that interact with children to know exactly what information they are collecting from children and how that information is being used and stored. If your program's website includes sections/pages that interact with children, please contact Penn's Privacy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may assist in assessing any compliance obligations that may apply.