We recently posted our church’s soccer camp video on YouTube—showing kids and parents—and linked to it from our monthly electronic newsletter. Are we in violation of COPPA laws?
Do the same COPPA rules apply to internet streaming of church services and events? Do the same rules apply if the streaming only occurs on the various campuses of the same church?
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”) protects certain personal information that a website collects from children under the age of 13. Personal information is defined as:
- a first and last name;
- a home or other physical address including street name and name of a city or town;
- an e-mail address;
- a telephone number;
- a Social Security number;
- any other identifier that the [Federal Trade] Commission determines permits the physical or online contacting of a specific individual; or
- information concerning the child or the parents of that child that the website collects online from the child and combines with an identifier described in this paragraph. (For more information, go to coppa.org.)