What does COPPA stand for?

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

COPPA is a slang term that acts as an acronym for “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.” This is a legal act established in 1998, and enforced from April 21, 2000, which prohibits online services from using data collected from children under 13 without obtaining approval from their parents or guardians.

This law was brought to the table by a Democrat from Nevada, John Smith, due to increasing worries about the ways data was being collected from children online. The law has been revised several times since its inception, in order to keep up with the changing methods and scale of data collection in the 21st century.

The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, an independent agency of the U.S. government, is in charge of overseeing the COPPA act. The FTC has had to implement this law several times with various websites that did not follow the rules outlined by COPPA, including brands like Lisa Frank and Girls’ Life, and popular social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

As a result of the COPPA act, many online services have chosen to prohibit users under the age of 13, to prevent any potential legal issues that might arise from failing to comply with the act’s regulations.

Example for using ‘COPPA’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of COPPA?

Yeah, it stands for Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.