FTC Warns Web Sites to Comply with COPPA

FRAMINGHAM (07/19/2000) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Tuesday announced that it's sending e-mail messages to "scores" of Web sites aimed at children warning them that they have to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a new law that went into effect in April.

"Protecting children's privacy is a priority for the FTC," said Jodie Bernstein, director of the commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "We intend to ensure that Web sites collecting personal information from kids are complying with COPPA and that kids' information is protected, not exploited."

FTC staffers recently surfed the Internet to check Web sites oriented to children for compliance with the provisions of COPPA. Of the sites that collected personally identifiable information from children, "roughly half appeared to have substantial compliance problems," said the FTC, which plans to hold a workshop program on complying with COPPA next month in Washington.

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