So who sees or uses the pictures of my kids? My grandkids? What other information might be transmitted?
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), effective April 21, 2000 addresses online collection of personal information from children under 13. Technology has evolved quite a bit since then.
The FTC 2012 Staff Report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” highlighted the need for transparency in the mobile marketplace.
The COPPA Rule changes taking effect July 1, 2013, addressed updated technology such as “apps” directed to children under 13. Under the 2013 rule changes, the definition of “personal information” expanded to include photo or video of a child’s image, or audio file with a child’s voice.
Parental consent and notice are required for the collection of personal information from a child.
From the COPPA Rule 2013 description, it would appear that permission was required for the in-app photo collection since the app is by design for a child. However, the FTC article “Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions” states:
Adults are perfectly capable of making decisions to accept terms, turn off features or not purchase a product that doesn’t respect their privacy. Children, however, are in a protected class when it comes to privacy issues.
To find out more about COPPA:
Original COPPA http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm
COPPA Rule Changes http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-17/pdf/2012-31341.pdf
COPPA FAQ http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/0493-Complying-with-COPPA-Frequently-Asked-Questions
Mary A Livingston is an award winning illustrator, photographer, author and designer. She believes that today is an exciting and challenging time in the children’s book industry as the digital market finds its way alongside traditional printed books. Beginning in Fall 2014 she will be teaching a CBA course Using InDesign for Picture Book Dummies and eBooks that will make this complex but extremely helpful program accessible for creatives.
Born in Hoopa, she grew up in the forested communities of Humboldt and Trinity Counties of Northern California. She attended Shasta College, Humboldt State University, and Loyola University. She has also worked in education, photography, and liturgical design. She and her husband, Tim, have two sons and three grandchildren.
You can find out more about Mary at www.maryalivingston.com
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