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Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Role of Schools, FTC reviews the

Published March 2015

The Federal Trade Commission recently provided a review for schools regarding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and its application in a school setting. COPPA protects children’s privacy and the online collection of personal information by commercial entities or software companies. In short, schools don’t fall under the legal definition of who is covered under COPPA because schools are not commercial operators. However, many schools use sites or services that are covered by COPPA and require notice and parental consent. This article outlines that issue.

For more information on COPPA, see the links below:

Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: Not Just for Kids’ Sites