Should Amazon.com be collecting information about peoples' ages when they sign up with the site? If those people are under the age of 13, should the site deny them the opportunity to participate in discussions online rather than risk violating COPPA? What part might the FTC have in enforcing the law against an e-commerce giant like Amazon?
If you operate a commercial Web site or an online service directed to children under 13 that collects personal information from children or if you operate a general audience Web site and have actual knowledge that you are collecting personal information from children, you must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.If you have children under the age of thirteen, you may want to review the list of items on the FTC's Kidz Privacy site's page for children. It's a good, common sense springboard for discussion.