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COPPA: Safe Harbors

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  Who Must Comply
  What is Required
    Parental Consent
    Sliding Scale
    Parental Review
    Data Security
  "Personal Info"
  Giving Away Stuff

See also EU-US Privacy Safeharbor

"The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) includes a provision enabling industry groups or others to submit for Commission approval self-regulatory guidelines that implement the protections of the Commission's final Rule. The COPPA requires the Commission to act on a request for "safe harbor" treatment within 180 days of the filing of the request, and after the proposed guidelines have been subject to notice and comment. Section 312.10 of the final Rule sets out the criteria for approval of guidelines and the materials that must be submitted as part of a safe harbor application. [16 CFR Part 312 Final Rule PDF 270K] [COPPA Sec. 1304]" FTC Safe Harbor Program.


ESRB Privacy Online, A Division of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB

Application of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

"The FTC is seeking public comment on an application for safe harbor treatment under the Rule from the Children's Advertising Review Unit ("CARU") of the Better Business Bureau. The COPPA includes a "safe harbor" provision designed to encourage increased industry self-regulation in this area. Under this provision, industry groups and others may request Commission approval of self-regulatory guidelines that would govern participants' compliance with the Rule. CARU is the second organization to file for approval under the safe harbor provisions. The public comment period will last for 30 days."


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