Children's Online Privacy Protect Act ammended, aims to keep kids safe online

(WXYZ) - New guidelines have been put into place by the Federal Trade Commission in hopes of keeping your children safe online.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was put into place in 2000. It requires websites and apps that collect personal data from your kids who are under 13 to comply with a number of security measures.

As of July 1, an amended rule now provides additional parental control and protection.

This applies to personal data such as your child's name, home and email address and telephone number. It also includes screen names, photos and geolocation data - like when you're kids use the GPS on their phone to "check-in" at Comerica Park or any another venue.

Here's how it works. Websites and apps collecting this type of information from your kids must:

1.) Get parental consent before doing so.

2.) Clearly post their privacy policy specifying why they are collecting the personal data and what they plan to do with it.

3.) Give parents the option to grant a site or mobile app permission to collect the information but prohibit it from being shared with third parties.

4.) Give parents access to the information provided by the kid in order to edit or delete it.

5.) Allow parents to prevent further use or collection of their child's personal information.

6.) Maintain the confidentiality, security and integrity of the information collected from kids.

7.) Keep the information collected from kids only as long as necessary.

The primary goal is to put parents in control over the information collected from their children online.

Parents, if you suspect a business is not complying with COPPA you can file a complaint with the FTC online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions you can visit the FTC's website.


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