COPPA: Children’s Online Privacy Protection

The University of New Hampshire complies with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  This Federal law defines users' rights and information management requirements applicable to the online collection and use of information from children under the age of 13.    Certain University sponsored events including summer youth programs, camps, tours and similar activities may include participants under the age of 13 and the responsible events managers must understand and comply with the law's requirements.  The information and documents provided here are intended to assist events managers when compliance to the law is necessary. 

Events or other activities which specifically exclude the participation of children under the age of 13 or, those where the participants' information collection is not done online, are not required to comply with COPPA.  In all cases, however, the events managers and website operators should be familiar with the law's requirements.

For further information or questions, please contact the UNH VPFA Office (603-862-2232 or online at http://www.unh.edu/vpfa/contactvpfa.html) or UNH ISS (603 862-2757 or online at https://td.unh.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=172 ).  You may also visit the webpage provided by the Federal Trade Commission, http://www.coppa.org/comply.htm for additional detailed information. 

The key COPPA requirements for UNH are:

  • The institution must post an online privacy policy describing its information practices for personal information collected online from persons under age 13.  The USNH Privacy Policy (http://www.usnh.edu/legal/privacy.shtml) fulfills this requirement for all USNH institutions. 
  • Events Managers and other website operators must provide direct notice to parents of the operator’s practices with regard to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information from persons under 13, including notice of any material change to such practices to which the parents has previously consented.
  • Events Managers and other website operators must obtain verifiable parental consent to any collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from persons under age 13.
  • Events Managers and other website operators must provide means for a parent to review the personal information collected from their child and to refuse to permit its further use or maintenance.
  • Events Managers and other website operators must have procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the personal information collected from children under age 13, including by taking reasonable steps to disclose/release such personal information only to parties capable of maintaining its confidentiality and security.
  • Events Managers and other website operators must retain personal information collected online from a child for only as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected and delete the information using reasonable measures to protect against its unauthorized access or use.
  • Events Managers and other website operators operators may not condition a child’s participation in an activity on the child providing more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity.

Documents to assist UNH Events Managers and website operators with COPPA Compliance:

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