Game Publishers can learn if they are subject to COPPA with AgeCheq’s
simple online COPPA Compliance Survey
YORK, Pa. – MobilityWire® – April 7, 2014
AgeCheq (www.agecheq.com) today announced a new online survey to help game publishers determine if their games should be modified to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA). After completing the four-question COPPA Compliance Survey, available at www.COPPASURVEY.com, developers will receive a personalized survey result email detailing any issues with the compliance of their game, including links to specific sections of the federal law related to the issues.
“All too often the game developers and publishers we speak to mistakenly think they are in line with COPPA, when in reality there are one or more things they are doing that make them an easy target for severe fines and other penalties under the law,” says Roy Smith, AgeCheq CEO. “We designed the COPPA Compliance Survey to not only open developers’ eyes to compliance issues within their game, but also to give them detailed information they can share with their company’s decision makers to help educate them on COPPA, using the exact wording from the law.”
Created during the Clinton administration and enacted in 2000, COPPA was passed to protect children under the age of 13 as they used the Internet. With the meteoric rise of mobile devices and the new privacy issues that accompanied them, COPPA was revised in 2012 to cover mobile apps. The revised law went into effect on July 1, 2013. Understanding exactly what COPPA expects from a game or app can be confusing, especially given the recent updates and the law’s extension to the multitude of third party APIs utilized by the majority of apps, including ad networks, mobile analytics tools, and social network services, among others.
AgeCheq has made the COPPA Compliance Survey available free of charge for any game publisher interested in ensuring compliance with this important law. AgeCheq COPPA compliance experts are also available to personally review developers’ apps and help them consider how COPPA should influence their app’s privacy and data storage practices. AgeCheq team members can also explain why so-called “Safe Harbor” certification programs may not provide complete compliance with the updated version of the law.
Game Developers are encouraged to complete the COPPA Compliance Survey for each of their mobile games or apps and follow the Survey’s recommended steps required for immediate COPPA compliance in order to avoid potentially massive fines from The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
To learn more about COPPA directly from The Federal Trade Commission, visit the Complying with COPPA Frequently Asked Questions. Because there are numerous “incomplete” versions on the web, AgeCheq encourages developers to always view the final, official text of the COPPA law, which can be found here: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title16/16cfr312_main_02.tpl
COPPA Compliance Survey Now Available at www.COPPASURVEY.com.
AgeCheq is the mobile industry’s only complete “COPPA compliance ecosystem,” designed to team regulators, parents and responsible developers together to regain control of children’s online privacy. Founded by seasoned mobile app and game industry technologists, AgeCheq offers app publishers a frictionless path to make their apps and games COPPA compliant, at no cost. AgeCheq is platform-agnostic and can be integrated into an existing app and tested within a day. For more information visit www.AgeCheq.com.
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