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    What happens when I turn off coppa registration? Some members were telling me that I was violating laws by not asking for COPPA stuff, parent's permission to join the forum.

    My site contains nothing sexual, and its intended for young people, plus I dont like COPPA, and I dont collect personal information, only the emails which are requiered to join, which is a must.

    So my question is that, what can I get into with this COPPA non compliance? :P

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    I don't use it. I think it's a pain in the arse. I don't think you can really get into trouble for not having it, I think it makes you look good if you have it though.

    But that's from someone with very little legal knowledge.
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    • #3
      For more info about this law, see here:

      http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm
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      • #4
        So, if I only ask for their emails I am not violating COPPA rules?

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        • #5
          Steve,

          thanks for the link this information is always valuable to share and make everyone aware of

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          • #6
            If your site is targeted at kids under 13, you should use COPPA, as even collecting their e-mail will violate COPPA (you can collect their e-mail address for one-time contact of the parents to get permission, if they say no, you are supposed to delete it.). And this only applies to US-based people/sites (i.e. owner lives in US and/or site is hosted in US).
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