What's Next for COPPA

Talk About the Issues With Darby & Darby's Internet

Privacy Experts Parry Aftab and Nancy Savitt



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Darby & Darby P.C.

    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- By now, The Children's Online Privacy
 Protection Act (COPPA) is a household term for all those who operate an online
 service directed to children under the age of 13, as well as general
 commercial audience web sites who know they have children visiting their
 sites.
     April 21, 2001, marks the one year anniversary of this law and the
 ramifications on both sides are boundless.  While many companies are spending
 hundreds of thousands of dollars to make their sites compliant, others are
 cutting off preteens altogether.  Furthermore, there are the challenges faced
 by the Federal Trade Commission -- charged with pursuing offenders -- on how
 to enforce the laws.
     Children's Internet and safety advocates, Parry Aftab and Nancy Savitt,
 have written extensively on COPPA issues and are actively involved in
 children's Internet issues.  As the Executive Director of Cyberangels, the
 world's largest safety and help group, as well as Chairman of Wired Kids.org,
 Aftab knows firsthand the importance of balancing the educational
 opportunities of the Internet against the online dangers targeted at our
 youngsters.  Savitt, a leader in privacy and security policy, is Special
 Counsel to Cyberangels.
     "COPPA is a very important step to keeping our children safe online and we
 need to make it workable for members of the Internet industry who also care
 about our children," says Aftab.  And her concern for children is balanced
 with practicality.  Known as the "Kids Internet Lawyers," Aftab and Savitt,
 Special Counsel in the New Media practice group at Darby & Darby P.C. in New
 York, represent most of the children's industry sites.  As further testament
 to their dedication, Aftab has authored The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your
 Children in Cyberspace (McGraw Hill, 2000).
     Today, no one in the industry is more equipped than Aftab and Savitt to
 talk about the impact of COPPA.  Aftab knows not only what parents have to say
 about the law but, more importantly, the thoughts and reactions of our
 children.  From the corporate side, Aftab and Savitt have dealt directly with
 the big issues as well in advising many of the leaders of the Internet
 industry.  Aftab was recently called to testify before Congress on the impact
 of COPPA on the children's Internet industry.  A copy of her testimony can be
 found at http://www.darbylaw.com/coppa.html .
     No one will debate the fact that privacy laws are growing ever more
 complicated.  While privacy advocates continue to applaud the regulations as a
 step toward making sure companies respect the privacy of their users,
 companies must be able to find a workable business model online.  It is a
 sensitive issue and no one better than Aftab and Savitt can address its
 intricacies.
 
     Darby & Darby P.C. is a full-service intellectual property law firm.
 Established in 1895, we have long been an important player in pioneering and
 precedent-setting IP matters.  The firm's practice encompasses patents,
 trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, false advertising,
 licensing as well as domestic and international intellectual property
 protection ranging from worldwide patent preparation and prosecution to
 groundbreaking decisions in the areas of Internet and new media.  Our
 scientific expertise extends into all areas of chemistry, biotechnology,
 engineering, electronics and computer science.  Darby & Darby can adeptly meet
 a client's needs in all aspects of litigation, prosecution and counseling.
 Darby & Darby's clients include both domestic and multinational corporations,
 from Fortune 500 to start-up companies.
 
 

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    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- By now, The Children's Online Privacy
 Protection Act (COPPA) is a household term for all those who operate an online
 service directed to children under the age of 13, as well as general
 commercial audience web sites who know they have children visiting their
 sites.
     April 21, 2001, marks the one year anniversary of this law and the
 ramifications on both sides are boundless.  While many companies are spending
 hundreds of thousands of dollars to make their sites compliant, others are
 cutting off preteens altogether.  Furthermore, there are the challenges faced
 by the Federal Trade Commission -- charged with pursuing offenders -- on how
 to enforce the laws.
     Children's Internet and safety advocates, Parry Aftab and Nancy Savitt,
 have written extensively on COPPA issues and are actively involved in
 children's Internet issues.  As the Executive Director of Cyberangels, the
 world's largest safety and help group, as well as Chairman of Wired Kids.org,
 Aftab knows firsthand the importance of balancing the educational
 opportunities of the Internet against the online dangers targeted at our
 youngsters.  Savitt, a leader in privacy and security policy, is Special
 Counsel to Cyberangels.
     "COPPA is a very important step to keeping our children safe online and we
 need to make it workable for members of the Internet industry who also care
 about our children," says Aftab.  And her concern for children is balanced
 with practicality.  Known as the "Kids Internet Lawyers," Aftab and Savitt,
 Special Counsel in the New Media practice group at Darby & Darby P.C. in New
 York, represent most of the children's industry sites.  As further testament
 to their dedication, Aftab has authored The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your
 Children in Cyberspace (McGraw Hill, 2000).
     Today, no one in the industry is more equipped than Aftab and Savitt to
 talk about the impact of COPPA.  Aftab knows not only what parents have to say
 about the law but, more importantly, the thoughts and reactions of our
 children.  From the corporate side, Aftab and Savitt have dealt directly with
 the big issues as well in advising many of the leaders of the Internet
 industry.  Aftab was recently called to testify before Congress on the impact
 of COPPA on the children's Internet industry.  A copy of her testimony can be
 found at http://www.darbylaw.com/coppa.html .
     No one will debate the fact that privacy laws are growing ever more
 complicated.  While privacy advocates continue to applaud the regulations as a
 step toward making sure companies respect the privacy of their users,
 companies must be able to find a workable business model online.  It is a
 sensitive issue and no one better than Aftab and Savitt can address its
 intricacies.
 
     Darby & Darby P.C. is a full-service intellectual property law firm.
 Established in 1895, we have long been an important player in pioneering and
 precedent-setting IP matters.  The firm's practice encompasses patents,
 trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, false advertising,
 licensing as well as domestic and international intellectual property
 protection ranging from worldwide patent preparation and prosecution to
 groundbreaking decisions in the areas of Internet and new media.  Our
 scientific expertise extends into all areas of chemistry, biotechnology,
 engineering, electronics and computer science.  Darby & Darby can adeptly meet
 a client's needs in all aspects of litigation, prosecution and counseling.
 Darby & Darby's clients include both domestic and multinational corporations,
 from Fortune 500 to start-up companies.
 
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