Online safety may expose children to greater risk from predators

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), designed to protect children from online predators, may increase this danger, according to a study released today, Nov. 30, by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly).

COPPA, enacted in 1998 and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, requires that websites obtain parental permission before collecting personal information from children less than 13 years of age.

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