The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently approved the kidSAFE Seal Program’s kidSAFE+ seal as a safe harbor program through which companies can demonstrate compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.
A company that is approved under the FTC’s safe harbor program is deemed to be in compliance with the COPPA Rule. This means that the FTC has sanctioned the practices of the website with respect to its collection of data from children under the age of 13. As it was approved, the kidSAFE Seal Program’s kidSAFE+ seal will now serve as a safe harbor option. It is available to websites and applications, including mobile apps, tablet devices, and other interactive technologies.
Operators of websites and online services that knowingly collect information from children should be aware of the kidSAFE+ seal, as it could provide a useful way to comply with the COPPA Rule’s requirements. The COPPA Rule applies to websites and online services that target children under the age of 13 and to websites and online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from users of other websites or online services directed to children under the age of 13.