Mashable recently published a post that caught my attention about the FTC's interest in gathering public comments and suggestions for revising the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. Read the Mashable post for details on the changes being proposed.
I know COPPA can be a sensitive topic with many educators because it seems to be the third wheel standing in the way of the instructional technology conversation between educators and their school district's legal and IT departments. Frequently it's the rigid interpretation, misinterpretation, personal-bias interpretation, or lazy interpretation of COPPA (and often how it relates to eRate funding) that becomes a huge barrier to instruction. (Having said that, I'm happy to say that in my district, although we still continue to face many battles and barriers, we are making great progress with some very forward-thinking administrators in top-level positions. I'm optimistic about our direction and the speed in which we'll get to a good place.)
For many though, it appears to be losing battle. Is this our chance to be a part of a change (however small)?
I encourage you to post your suggestions on the FTC's site. The FTC will accept no anonymous comments and, probably by design, there's no discussion forum on the site, so I'd like to start that discussion here.
Keeping in mind that there IS a place for online protection (or is there?), how would you revise the rule?