View Rule

View EO 12866 Meetings Printer-Friendly Version     Download RIN Data in XML

FTC RIN: 3084-AB58 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule 

On July 25, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) requested public comment on its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule or the Rule). 84 FR 35842. Although the Commission’s last COPPA Rule review ended in 2013, the Commission is conducting its ten-year review early because of changes in the marketplace. In addition to standard questions about the effectiveness of the COPPA Rule, the FTC is seeking comment on all major provisions of the COPPA Rule, including its definitions, notice and parental consent requirements, exceptions to verifiable parental consent, and safe harbor provision.  The Commission also plans to hold a public workshop to review the COPPA Rule on October 7, 2019. The public comment period will close on October 23, 2019.

As required by COPPA (1998), the Commission issued the COPPA Rule that prohibits unfair and deceptive acts and practices in connection with the collection and use of personal information from and about children under the age of 13 on the internet. The Rules, effective April 21, 2000, requires operators of commercial websites and online services, with certain exceptions, to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from or about children. An operator must make reasonable efforts, in light of available technology, to ensure that the person providing consent is the child's parent. The Commission amended the Rule in 2013 to, among other things, expand the definition of personal information covered by the Rule and to include in the definition of website and online services directed to children operators of online services with actual knowledge they are collecting personal information directly from users of other websites or online services directed to children.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Independent agency 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 312   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.    15 U.S.C. 41 to 58   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Regulatory Review; Request for Comments  07/25/2019  84 FR 35842   
Public Workshop  10/07/2019 
Request for Comment Period End  10/23/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AB20 
Agency Contact:
Kristin Cohen
Federal Trade Commission
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-2276