Today, the FTC sent more than ninety (90) “educational” letters to domestic and foreign businesses whose Web sites and online services (including mobile apps) appear to collect personal information from children that are 12 years old and under, in an attempt to help the businesses come into compliance with the amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule (the “Amendments”), going into effect on July 1. Our prior blogposts about the Amendments can be found here.
Copies of each one of the four (4) form letters may be found below:
Letter to Domestic Companies That May Be Collecting Images or Sounds of Children
Letter to Domestic Companies That May Be Collecting Persistent Identifiers from Children
Letter to Foreign Companies That May Be Collecting Images or Sounds of Children
Letter to Foreign Companies That May Be Collecting Persistent Identifiers from Children
The FTC also set up and maintains an e-mail hotline, where companies can ask FTC staff questions about how to comply with the Amendments.
As we move towards July 1 and the COPPA compliance deadline, please contact any member of the Mintz Levin privacy team with questions regarding your company’s compliance efforts.