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Do start-ups have to be COPPA compliant?

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COPPA is put in place to regulates information that is obtained from children under the age of 13. Startups certainly should comply with this. However, it’s fairly simple to make sure that you comply.

The steps include:

  • First, you should determine if your website collects information from kids under the age of 13. This happens if your business is geared specifically towards kids. However, it also applies if you know that the user is under the age of 13—even if your company is geared toward adults.
  • Next, you should have a privacy policy in place that is COPPA compliant.
  • Always notify parents that you are getting information from their child. You should also have the parent’s consent before actually obtaining the information.
  • Keep in mind; parents have ongoing rights that you should honor regarding the information that you collect.
  • Make sure that you have reasonable policies in place that protect the information that you obtained.


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