Lindsey Tonsager and Shel Abramson write:
Earlier this morning, the FTC proposed additional revisions to the rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA governs the online collection, use, and disclosure of children’s personal information by (1) operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under the age of 13 and (2) operators of general audience websites or online services that have actual knowledge that a user is under 13. The FTC initially proposed revisions to the COPPA Rule in September 2011, and based on comments that it received, is proposing additional changes for comment. Comments to this supplemental proposed rule must be submitted by September 10, 2012. No final rules were adopted at this time.
The supplemental proposed rule revises the definitions of several key terms, including “operator,” “website or online service directed to children,” “personal information,” and “support for internal operations.”
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