What is the COPPA?
Congress enacted the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule ("COPPA") in 1998, which went into effect on July 1, 2000. These guidelines set privacy standards for operators of online services directed to children under 13 and prohibit the collection of personal information about those children without parental consent.
Under COPPA, online services are required to notify users and obtain consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. COPPA also requires that operators of online services take reasonable steps to protect the privacy and security of personal information, and that they only release this information when legally required to do so.