The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) helps you protect your children's privacy. Enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, COPPA requires websites to get parental consent before collecting or sharing information from children who are under 13 years old.
Take advantage of your COPPA rights. Your child's personal information is valuable, and you can do a lot to protect it.
COPPA covers sites designed for kids under 13 and general audience sites that know certain users are under 13. COPPA protects information that websites collect upfront and information that your kids give out or post later.
COPPA requires privacy policies.
COPPA gives you the right to review collected information.
As the parent, you have a right to see any personal information a site has collected about your child. If you ask to see the information, website operators will need to make sure you really are the parent; they may choose to delete the information. You also have the right to retract your consent, and have any information collected about your child deleted.
Websites can request your consent in a number of ways, including by email and postal mail. Before you give consent, make sure you know what information the site wants to collect and what it plans to do with it. And consider how much consent you want to give; it's not an all or nothing proposition. You might give the company permission to collect some personal information, for example, but not allow them to share that information with others.
If you think a site has collected information from your kids or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, report it to the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.