October 29, 2001 12:20 PM PST
FTC to extend children's privacy law
The privacy rule, enacted in 1998, applies to Web sites geared toward children under 13 and general sites knowingly collecting data about children. Among other provisions, COPPA requires sites to obtain permission from parents to collect personal data on children. Those permissions may be collected through e-mail, but were expected to advance to more secure means by April 21, 2002. The federal agency, which is requesting comments on its proposal, plans to extend the period until April 21, 2004.