Protect Kids. Keep COPPA Consent

The Federal Trade Commission is considering several changes to this law that protects children’s online information.  The FTC is accepting comments from the public, deadline December 9, 2019.  Let them hear from you; tell the FTC:  Do NOT Weaken COPPA. Do NOT Give Edtech a Consent Exception.  See Sample letters here, here, here, and here.

Submit comments here  :

With the ever expanding use of computers, online curriculum, apps, videos, social media in the classroom, kids deserve to be protected at school


Join us.

Tell the FTC to strengthen COPPA; do not exempt edtech from parent consent.

U.S. Senators, Privacy Advocates, Attorneys General,  Education Advocates, The New York Times say:


 Contact your Congressperson


Submit a comment to FTC by Dec 9




COPPA is the only federal law that protects children’s privacy online.

…If you are not familiar with COPPA, this November 3, 1999 notice in The Federal Register summarizes the intent and purpose of COPPA when it was passed. Below are a few excerpts

Congress enacted the COPPA to prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with the collection, use, or disclosure of personally identifiable information from and about children on the Internet.” [emphasis added]

“The Rule implements the requirements of the COPPA by requiring operators of websites or online services directed to children and operators of websites or online services who have actual knowledge that the person from whom they seek information is a child

(1) to post prominent links on their websites to a notice of how they collect, use, and/or disclose personal information from children;

(2) with certain exceptions, to notify parents that they wish to collect information from their children and obtain parental consent prior to collecting, using, and/or disclosing such information;

(3) not to condition a child’s participation in online activities on the provision of more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity;

(4) to allow parents the opportunity to review and/or have their children’s information deleted from the operator’s database and to prohibit further collection from the child; and

(5) to establish procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information they collect from children. As directed by the COPPA, the Rule also provides a safe harbor for operators following Commission-approved self-regulatory guidelines.”


...And if  removing parent consent feels familiar:  yes, this already happened to FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Don’t let it happen again.

FERPA was weakened in 2008 and 2011, and removed parent consent before collecting and sharing student information with researchers, companies, contractors, consultants, volunteers, and other parties.  Gutting FERPA by removing parent consent usurped parental rights; we should absolutely not make that same mistake by removing parent consent in COPPA. 

The FTC is accepting public comment on these proposed changes to COPPA; the deadline to comment is Dec 9, 2019.

Please submit a comment and do SHARE this CALL TO ACTION widely.  Thank you.


Cheri Kiesecker

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