What is the COPPA
(Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule)?

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA)

Was placed effectively into motion in 2000. This rule specifically, applies to the owners or operators of websites and online services that are aimed toward the population of children who are younger than thirteen years of age.

Furthermore, this rule applies to the operators of services and websites that are knowingly collecting the personal information of said children younger than thirteen years of age, online.

You may recall that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule has been in the news fairly recently as it relates to YouTube’s platform in regards to content and other new media that engage with children.

Web accessibility is important in assisting in the carrying out of COPPA rules, such as the one that states that the “operator must post a prominent and clearly labeled link to an online notice of its information practices with regard to children on the home or landing page or screen of its Web site or online service, and, at each area of the Web site or online service where personal information is collected. All of this works hand-in-hand with the principles and core guidelines of ADA Title III and WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines

The consequences for violating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

Can be costly, as many businesses have found themselves paying almost insurmountable fines for simply failing to follow the regulations.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that businesses provide individuals with disabilities full and equal access to their health care services and facilities.

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