Protecting Our Children’s Privacy: What Schools Need to Know About COPPA

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By Rose de Fremery

Privacy is a serious concern for everyone, from school administrators to parents. Simply clicking “I Agree” or signing up for a new service can mean that you are consenting to provide a company with a wide range of your personal information without a clear understanding of what they will do with it. Where children are concerned, privacy protection is even more important. Fortunately, there are legal safeguards in place to help protect the privacy of our young ones. You may have heard of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). But do you know what it is and how it protects children’s privacy?

What Is COPPA?

COPPA is a 1998 law that prohibits website operators from collecting the personal information of children under 13 years old without verifiable parental consent. Although COPPA originally concerned websites, reflecting the landscape of Internet at the time, the law has since been expanded to include apps, online services and advertising networks…

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