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Unified Agenda 3084-AB20

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule


As required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (1998), the Commission issued rules that prohibit unfair and deceptive acts and practices in connection with the collection and use of personal information from and about children under the age of 13 on the Internet. The rules, effective April 21, 2000, and most recently amended in 2006, require commercial websites, and online service providers (operators), with certain exceptions, to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from or about children. An operator must make reasonable efforts, in light of available technology, to ensure that the person providing consent is the child's parent.

On April 5, 2010, the Commission announced it was requesting comments on the rule, as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission rules and guides. The Commission believed that changes to the online environment over the prior five year period, including but not limited to children's increasing use of mobile technology to access the Internet, warranted reexamining the Rule at this time. The Commission sought comments on, among other things, the economic impact and benefits of this rule; possible conflict between the rule and State, local, or other Federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the rule of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. The comment period closed on July 12, 2010.

On September 15, 2011, the Commission announced it was proposing modifications to the Rule in five areas to respond to changes in online technology, including in the mobile marketplace, and, where appropriate, to streamline the Rule: definitions, including the definitions of "personal information" and "collection," parental notice, parental consent mechanisms, confidentiality and security of children's personal information, and the role of self-regulatory "safe harbor" programs. In addition, the Commission also proposed adding a new provision addressing data retention and deletion. The comment period will close on November 28, 2011.


4 actions from April 5th, 2010 to December 2011

  • April 5th, 2010
  • July 12th, 2010
    • ANPRM Extended Comment Period End
  • September 26th, 2011
    • NPRM
  • December 2011
    • Review Comments


  • Phyllis Marcus
    Phone 202 326-2854
    600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
    Washington DC 20580

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