The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA):
Application to church websites
Article summary. Congress enacted the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to protect children under age 13 from being solicited or contacted by pedophiles over the Internet. The Act accomplishes its purpose by imposing specific restrictions on commercial websites. While most church websites are not subject to the Act's provisions because they are not "commercial," a strong case for voluntary compliance can be made. This article will review the Act's provisions, and explain why churches should consider voluntarily complying with the law.
In the mid-1990s the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted a study to identify issues associated with the online collection of personal information from children. The study included a survey of 212 commercial children's Web sites. ...