Texas AG getting out the big guns
According to ARS Technica, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott is suing two website owners for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA requires the Federal Trade Commissioner to issue and enforce regulations that regulate the ability of online entities to collect personal information from children under the age of 13.
What is COPPA?
Excerpt taken from the book Cyber Law.
The laws have not changed, only the enforcement
According to the complaint filed in the Western District of Texas, the Texas Attorney General accuses Future US, Inc. aka Gamesradar.com of several COPPA violations:
a) failing to provide notice on its website of what information it collects from children, how it uses the information and its disclosure practices.
b) (curiously there is no “b” in the pleading; it might be interesting to find out what was removed at the last minute)
c) failing to notice parents as to what informatioin was collected, how the information is used and the disclosure practices.
d) Failing to obtain verifiable parental consent.
e) conditioning use of portions of the website on providing more personal information.
First, but certainly not the last
Put away the cookie cutter
Sooner, rather than later
Getting your privacy protocols and policies in proper order is something you need to do sooner, rather than later. By the time you get sued, it is far too late. Your state’s Attorney General is the last plaintiff you want to see on the other side of a lawsuit.
Hat tip to Matt Krigbaum for the story.