The Federal Trade Commission is charged with monitoring COPPA compliance. Violations of the Act are deemed to be an unfair and deceptive trade practice and can result in significant fines. Moreover, state attorneys general are able to bring actions in federal court and seek damages. Industries are able to avoid strict compliance with COPPA if they institute certain self-regulatory guidelines that are substantially similar to those of the Act, have a method for reviewing member companies’ compliance to the Act, and provide incentives for ongoing company compliance. The self-regulatory guidelines must be approved by the FTC.
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