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COPPA is bullshit.
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COPPA is bullshit.

So. My first non-welcome thread. Okay, I'll make it good.

I'd like to talk about a shitty American law called COPPA. Commence Wikipedia:

Quote:The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) is a United States federal law, located at 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501–6506 (Pub.L. 105–277, 112 Stat. 2581-728, enacted October 21, 1998).
The act, effective April 21, 2000, applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction from children under 13 years of age. It details what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13. While children under 13 can legally give out personal information with their parents' permission, many websites altogether disallow underage children from using their services due to the amount of paperwork involved.

Quote:The FTC has brought a number of actions against website operators for failure to comply with COPPA requirements, including actions against Girl's Life, Inc.,[4] American Pop Corn Company,[5] Lisa Frank, Inc.,[6] Mrs. Field's Cookies, and Hershey Foods.[7] In September 2006, the FTC levied substantial fines on several enterprises for COPPA violations. The website Xanga was fined US$1 million for COPPA violations, for repeatedly allowing children under 13 to sign up for the service without getting their parent's consent.[8] Similarly, UMG Recordings, Inc. was fined US$400,000 for COPPA violations in connection with a Web site that promoted the then 13-year-old pop star Lil' Romeo, and hosted child-oriented games and activities, and Bonzi Software, which offered downloads of an animated figure "BonziBuddy" that provided shopping advice, jokes, and trivia was fined US$75,000 for COPPA violations.[9]

TL;DR: COPPA is a bullshit law enacted by the US. Simply put, it means that without a parents permission, you cannot join a website until you are 13. It is an attempt to stop child abusers, but instead it strips kids of their rights even more.

A great post by Martin Sutherland on the subject

After this analysis, I have deemed the US Government to be a bunch of corrupt f*ckwads. But we already knew that, right?
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COPPA is bullshit.

I'm familiar with COPPA. Back when I was a wikiHow user, I had to convince the new users that kept putting "I'm in fifth grade" or some shit in their descriptions to take it down as soon as possible. It didn't work - they were banned too early, most of the time.

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01-27-2013 03:25 PM
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COPPA is bullshit.

Because we just can't arrest the right people or sue the right people ever.

Congratulations humanity,because you refuse to let go of the old and evolve you actually make people believe in 2012. Not only that, but you're the only species on Earth that were able to make it possible, now we get to sit until we die because we couldn't get to Mars. We have failed as a society and don't deserve our gifts to survive for this long. Maybe this is why dinosaurs are extinct, we sure aren't any better than the dirt you say we're created from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...DvwSOFto#! Noo

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01-28-2013 02:31 AM
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COPPA is bullshit.

Hah, I remember when these forums ran on phpBB, COPPA was enabled in the forums and there was no way to turn it off without hacking the source code and forcibly removing it.

At least on this one it's optional. No way in hell I'm ever turning that shit on.

Actually I think I read somewhere that it is legally optional unless the site in question uses members' details for marketing purposes or somesuch. I don't remember though. Still, any restriction should be on the website, not make it harder for kids to use sites.

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RE: COPPA is bullshit.

Doesn't this site run on MyBB now? On Hack Forums (a MyBB forum) it's enabled.
01-28-2013 10:38 PM
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RE: COPPA is bullshit.

Soul, it's legally optional unless:

a)The site is commercial (i.e. uses information for marketing purposes)

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b)The site is based in the U.S.

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COPPA is bullshit.

@Infamouz, yes it is myBB, but I can disable COPPA in the admin section.

@Trekkie, thanks for the clarification, I thought it was something like that.

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01-29-2013 01:36 AM
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RE: COPPA is bullshit.

I believe the site is an Italian citizen, isn't it, Soul?

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01-29-2013 02:05 AM
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COPPA is bullshit.

Site's hosted in either the US or Canada, not sure where actually. I'm pretty sure the site isn't a citizen of any country though. Smile

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RE: COPPA is bullshit.

Ah well, it isn't commercial, so it doesn't matter anyway. And citizen in the same sense that a corporation can be a person.

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COPPA is bullshit.

COPPA got me banned from one of the YSFlight forums once...

http://www.ysfhq.com/phpbb3

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02-06-2013 01:42 AM
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