What Does a COPPA Compliant Game Really Look Like?

In the U.S., the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has been the topic of polite party discussion among game developers for several years now. “What if the FTC never enforces it?” “Who will they target first?” “Developers are just going to avoid kids altogether if it’s enforced”. It’s widely known that very few apps…

July 1, 2014 – Happy Birthday, COPPA!

This week I’d like to look back at the past 12 months as they relate to protecting the privacy of the children who play our mobile games. Tuesday, July 1 will mark the one year anniversary of the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (I like to call it COPPA 2.0). This law affects every…

Thoughts on the FTC’s SnapChat Settlement

This week I’m going to discuss the FTC privacy enforcement action that was announced yesterday against SnapChat.  It’s a cautionary tale for app developers who imply that their app has capabilities or safeguards that it does not actually have.  Just to be clear – the SnapChat action has nothing to do with the updated U.S.…

Audience Specific COPPA Compliance Approaches 101

In my continuing efforts to shed light on the issues surrounding the US COPPA law (16 CFR Part 312), this week I’m going to talk about the ways a game developer could approach complying with the COPPA law, based on the audience for their game. As I’ve spent the last 9 months talking with game developers about…