Trick question. When was the last time the United States and European Countries went to war? The Revolutionary War? No – now. The countries are warring over the right to privacy online, and the EU has just enacted a new General Data Protection Regulation [“GDPR”] that contains 99 master regulations on privacy comprising 250 plus pages. Many of the articles are controversial. The EU has been on a roll when it comes to passing controversial regulations and directives such as the much-mocked link tax. However, one article stands out as a shocker – GDPR article 8 covering the collection of personal information from kids online including teens. [Read more…] about GDPR Article 8 – Collecting Information From Teens
COPPA is a law addressing child privacy online. The FTC issued COPPA changes in the form of new rules and regulations in the summer of 2013 regarding how the law should be complied with by online businesses.
The beauty of this video is the sheer, unfiltered hypocrisy of the FTC. They emphasize in the video that a site with knowledge of child users must comply with the law. However, the FTC enforces this provision selectively. If you are a small site with few assets, the Agency will go after you with all guns blazing. Larger sites? Not at all. Facebook has admitted it knows it has millions of child users. Has the FTC done anything? Not a chance. I don’t mean to bash Facebook. It simply reveals yet another blatant failing of the FTC. Regardless, give the video a watch. [Read more…] about FTC Issues COPPA Changes – The COPPA Video
The FTC has issued new COPPA regulations to go into effect this summer. If anything, the new rules are worse than the previous, much criticized set on the books. This begs the question, “Is COPPA unnecessarily stringent?”
COPPA is an abbreviation for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. The law falls into the category of those designed to “protect the poor innocent children” from the horrors of the world. [Read more…] about Is COPPA Unnecessarily Stringent?
YouTube is a huge success. The chance of anyone successfully taking it on without millions of dollars in resources is remote. Given this, most entrepreneurs focus on particular sub-niches in the video platform field. In this post, we take a look at legal considerations to be taken into account when starting a video website targeted at kids instead of adults.
Children are very visual. One only has to take a look at a child zoned out watching television to realize as much. Given this, the idea of starting a video website for kids would seem to be a path to untold riches. There are three primary considerations you must take into account before launching such a site. [Read more…] about Video Website for Kids: Legal Considerations
The cost of starting an online business is less than most brick and mortar efforts. Still, the bills can rack up quickly, which often leads sites to cut corners to save money. One area where this happens is compliance with various laws. So, do startups have to be COPPA compliant?
COPPA is an abbreviation for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. As the name suggests, the goal of lawmakers was to create a law governing the collection of information about children by online companies so parents have an understanding of what is occurring and can control the information of their children. [Read more…] about Do Startups Have to be COPPA Compliant?