Online privacy is a major concern for everyone, but especially when it comes to young people. In 1998, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to issue and enforce regulations concerning children’s online privacy. The primary goal is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children (under age 13) online.
Although COPPA does not generally apply to not-for-profit websites, the FTC strongly recommends that all church and faith-based organization websites comply with the requirements. COPPA FAQs can be found here.
When collecting information for youth 13 and above, be sure to post a clear and obvious notice about how you will use the information. Meeting organizers should keep this information private. Consult with your organization’s attorney for more information about information privacy, the recording of virtual meetings, and other related items.
The FTC has free online security tips and resources that can be found here.