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What does COPPA mean and how is COPPA compliance determined?

COPPA stands for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  This U.S. law applies to websites, apps, and other online services that are directed to or knowingly collect or receive information concerning children under the age of 13.  COPPA regulates how these companies can use, process, and distribute personally-identifiable information from minors in this age group.

Under COPPA, organizations must follow seven tenets when attempting to collecting children’s names, usernames, geolocational information, media files and other personally-identifiable data.  These tenets range from posting clear online privacy and information sharing policies to giving parents the opportunity to review their children’s data files and dictate how and whether their children’s data can be collected or used. Companies are also expected to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, and security of any information they collect.  Non-compliant companies could face fines of up to $41,484 per violation depending on factors including the severity of the violations, the number of children affected by the company’s actions.

You can learn more about the law and review some commonly-asked questions at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s website here.

How does COPPA Hosting work?

One way you can ensure COPPA compliance is to move your data to the cloud.  Abacus Private Cloud offers an ePHI and HIPAA-compliant virtual cloud hosting environment that you can access anytime from any device.  Our hosting specialists will tailor your account’s settings to meet COPPA’s stringent information technology standards.  They will also help you securely migrate your data and programs using COPPA-compliant strategies.

How can I audit and maintain compliance with COPPA?

To ensure compliance, you’ll need to regularly audit your IT infrastructure and apply critical updates and patches to your software, servers and other safeguards.  With Abacus Private Cloud, our hosting team will address these so you won’t need to!

Are there Abacus Private Cloud clients who are COPPA-compliant today?

Yes! Contact us today to learn how Abacus Private Cloud can help you meet your COPPA compliance goals.

Additional Resources

  1. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s website
  2. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act