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Pattern Group E. Building Trust and Cred... > Be Aware of Special Privacy Policies...

Be Aware of Special Privacy Policies for Children

On April 21, 2000, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was put into effect in the U.S., limiting the information that Web sites can collect about children. The key provisions stipulate that sites must do the following:

  • Provide parents with notice of their information practices.

  • Obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting a child's personal information, with certain limited exceptions (see Figure E4.3).

    Figure E4.3. The Exploratorium is a hands-on children's science and art museum in San Francisco. Its Web site has a short and simple privacy policy, explaining the kind of information that is collected, how that information is used, the exception conditions, and the fact that personally identifiable information from children is not requested.

    (www.exploratorium.edu, September 22, 2001)

  • Give parents a choice of whether their child's information will be disclosed to third parties.

  • Provide parents access to their child's personal information and allow them to review it and/or have it deleted.

  • Give parents the opportunity to prevent further use or collection of information.

  • Do not require a child to provide more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.

  • Maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information collected from children.



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