Federal data privacy regulations aimed toward protecting children might be due for a major change.
The Federal Trade Commission on July 17 announced it is seeking public comment on its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, Rule. The regulations govern the hoops companies must jump through if they run certain websites or “online services” that collect data from children under 13. The FTC’s call for public comment puts a spotlight on one of the older U.S. data privacy regulations.
“In light of rapid technological changes that impact the online children’s marketplace, we must ensure COPPA remains effective,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a press release. He added that the commission needs to “regularly revisit, and if warranted, update the Rule.”