Information Technology Acts
Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA)
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1999 (COPPA)
June 3, 2013
Information Technology Acts Paper
The CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) of 2000 was created and enacted by Congress to address the concerns about obscene and harmful content found over the internet that was becoming readily accessible to children. The CIPA was created directly because of the necessity to educate the youth in the technological advancements occurring every day and the dangers that children become vulnerable to with the Internet working as an educational tool.
As an act the CIPA requires schools and libraries that receive discounts on Internet access or internal connections through the E-Rate ...view middle of the document...
(Federal Communications Commission, n.d)
Another Important Act that was passed was The COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 2000). The COPPA Act went was passed by Congress and went into effect on April 21, 2000, and applies to the online collection of personal information from minors 13 and under. This Act was created because of the readily available online access for children and the vulnerability present at those young ages. The risks involved with not monitoring these children’s sites is that the information obtained from children can include vital and important information that when compromised can be used for criminal acts including fraud, identity theft, and more severe crimes like kidnapping and murder. To help monitor this, COPPAS requires for these sites to provide privacy notices to parents, and require a form of verification from the parents of the children using the sites. A few examples of these forms of verification are a response e-mail from a parent, physically mailed signature verification, fax verification, and even a credit card number provided to show proof of acknowledgment.
The advancements in technology from the last three decades has created an open forum for good and evil to present themselves to children and therefore require advancements in the laws to protect today’s youth. When this act was presented, it was a “no-brainer” with Congress passing almost immediately “The premise of the bill is politically bullet-proof: We must protect children” (Privacilla.org, April)
Federal Communications Commision. (n.d). Childrens's Internet Protection Act. Retrieved from http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
Privacilla.org. (April 18,2002). Online Privacy. Retrieved from http://www.privacilla.org/business/online/coppa.html