Protecting children's privacy in the digital age
Internet safety has continued to rise on our annual NPCH list of the top 10 children’s health concerns in the eyes of adults across the U.S. Internet safety was the number 8 concern in 2014 and rose to number 4 in 2015. As the amount of Internet technology available to youth increases, many are concerned about children’s safety and privacy.
In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission updated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to reflect technology advances in the past decade, since the act had been written in 1998 before the abundance of smartphones and tablets.
In a September 2012 NPCH Report, we asked parents about their support for proposed amendments to COPPA. 60% supported restricting websites and apps from collecting personal data of users under 13 and another 60% supported requiring cell phone service providers and app developers to comply with COPPA regulations. 56% supported requiring websites and apps to ask users to confirm that they are at least 13.
Several new amendments to COPPA were adopted in December of 2012, including additional requirements for protecting children’s information and privacy on websites as well as apps. Read more about COPPA.