The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) becomes effective April 21, 2000. Many companies are concerned about the potential for legal liability associated with the posting of privacy policies on their websites. The new regulations apply to the online collection of personal information from children under age 13.
In general, if you operate a commercial website or an online service directed to children under the age of 13 or if you operate a general audience website and have actual knowledge that your site collects personal information from children, you must comply with COPPA.
COPPA is important new legislation. A copy of the Act can be found at 15 U.S.C. 6501-6505. A copy of the final regulations promulgated by the FTC can be found at 16 CFR Part 312.