Websites Collect Your Personal Identifiable Information (PII)

Recent revisions have been made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) therefore it’s probably a good idea to know what defines Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

COPPA is a privacy law created by the Federal Trade Commission in 1998 and was designed to give parents more control over Personal Identifiable Information (PII) that websites and apps collect from children users under the age of 13.  COPPA involves what PII is collected from users, and how it’s stored and shared. PII includes any of the following:

  • First and last name
  • A home or other physical address, including street name and name of a city or town
  • Online contact information
  • A screen name or username that functions as online contact information
  • A telephone number
  • A social security number
  • A persistent identifier that can be used to recognize a user over time and across different websites or online services
  • A photograph, video or audio file, where such file contains a child’s image or voice
  • Geo-location information sufficient to identify street name and name of a city or town
  • Information concerning the child or the parents of that child that the operator collects online from the child and combines with an identifier described above

The most recent changes made to COPPA will start to be enforced on July 1 and will affect startup Internet companies that often ignore COPPA’s regulations claiming that their website wasn’t designed for children. Luckily there is a simple and easy to use solution for protecting your family’s personal information called IPVanish VPN.

IPVanish keeps your information safe because of encryption, making anything you send over the Internet only readable by the source it’s intended for. Read more at Why VPN to learn why IPVanish is the best option to protect your PII.

Source:  The Next Web


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