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Stricter COPPA Laws Coming In July 134

Velcroman1 writes "The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted in 1998. In 2011, the FTC beefed up the measure, preventing sites from collecting personal information from kids such as name, location and date of birth without a parent's consent. This July, new amendments for kids under 13 will go into effect, approved by the FTC in December. The rules are targeted at sites that market specifically to kids. However, even a site like Facebook could be fined for allowing minors to post self-portraits, audio recordings of their voice, and images with geo-location data. There are also new restrictions on tracking data, with cookies or a unique identifier that follow registrants from one site to another."
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Stricter COPPA Laws Coming In July

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  • Surely Unenforcable (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rueger ( 210566 ) * on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @09:14PM (#43219747) Homepage
    Short of insisting that everyone who visits provide photo ID, I cannot see how this could work.

    Surely any kid with two brain cels to rub together already knows to just lie about their age, or to use their best friend's e-mail for the parental approval?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:26PM (#43220159)

    Does this mean that if I enter my age as 10, sites can't track me?

  • by NeveRBorN ( 86123 ) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @01:18AM (#43220999) Homepage

    As the father of a daughter who will be 13 in less than a week, I can say that COPPA was ridiculous in the first place. Like so many laws and regulations in place today, it provides nothing but the illusion of security. To those who believe it accomplished something... Sorry, but you've been had. Your kids likely have every account imaginable and because you're so naive you don't have a clue. Not only that, but because of the restrictions, your kids have been missing out on really good opportunities that they otherwise may have had.

    Sadly because of COPPA, we haven't seen many services developed geared towards kids. Our children are likely missing out on huge educational opportunities simply due to the fact that providing internet services to them is such a pain in the ass. Frankly, it pisses me off because in my opinion, the government should have no say over what I allow my daughter to share online. Policing her is my job as her father, not yours. Knowing what I need to know to do so is also my problem. If I were to choose not to, that would be my own problem.

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