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FTC RIN: 3084-AB58 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule 

On July 25, 2019, the Commission requested public comment on its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule or Rule). 84 FR 35842 (July 25, 2019). The FTC sought 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 held a public workshop to review the COPPA Rule on October 7, 2019. The extended public comment period closed on December 11, 2019. FTC staff is continuing to review the comments received.

On May 19, 2022, the Commission issued a Policy Statement on Education Technology and the COPPA Rule. Going forward, the Commission will closely scrutinize the providers of these educational technology services and will act where providers fail to meet their legal obligations with respect to children’s privacy.

Among other things, the Rule  requires operators of certain commercial websites and online services 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 service 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: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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 
Regulatory Review Extended Comment Period End  12/11/2019 
Policy Statement on Educational Technology  05/19/2022 
Staff Review of Public Comments  12/00/2023 
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.
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AB20 
Agency Contact:
Peder Magee
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3538