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Need advice on how to setup my signup and privacy regarding minors and COPA

Hey Guys,

I have recently started using OCPortal and am enjoying it. Atm i must have COPA support enabled as its in my privacy policy by default. I am in Australia so I don't believe it is required from that perspective, but as the website will be semi business and I have an ABN, I believe I have to provide something to cater for this.

Facebook "doesn't allow under 13's" and I was wondering how to go about doing this, and not having to deal with parental consent forms. I can probably get some tips on the policy writing side by looking up aus reqs and checking how sites like Facebook go about it.

However Is there anyway for the OCPortal Signup system to back me up here? Ie on signup require a DoB that is at least 13 and either just deny signup or temp (ie 24h) registration restriction on ip if age doesnt meet requirements? ?

Also does anyone or any Australians know if this is a viable and most importantly a legal option for dealing with users under 13 and US COPA laws?

I'd like to hear how other users have dealt with this also :)

I Might add I have very little code and webmaster experience, I am doing this project by and for myself, so am still learning, so please bear with me if the answer isn't as simple as i'm hoping :P
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Hi,

We support COPPA (the US law) which is equivalent, also age 13.

I am adding this to the docs:
Australia has a similar law that you can use the same system for, COPA. If you are targeting COPA, adjust the COPPA_MAIL language string to reflect this.

You need to turn on COPPA in the configuration and configure the postal/fax addresses. It puts a block on under 13s such that request for a mail or fax is made, and its on you to then manually validate accounts when those come in (if they ever do ;)).


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Hey Chris,

So basically I should change it and comply to my Australian standard? I was considering going the 'no under 13's policy, but I think if I just provide my postal address (as i dont have a line for a fax here) I most likely won't get many if any forms because  anyone under 13 will probably just change their dob to sign up instead of getting signed permission anyway. I think its best i acknowledge and comply with these sort of acts as best I can.

Thanks Chris!

Yours Sincerely,
Dylan
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ProphCore said

any Australians know if this is a viable and most importantly a legal option for dealing with users under 13 and US COPA laws?
I'm an Australian, and I'm not aware or any COPPA like laws that are legally required in Australia. If you know of one, can you please provide a link.

My understanding, generally speaking, is that the location of the servers that host your site will determine the jurisdiction and therefore which laws apply. That's not to say that you shouldn't try and do the right thing and comply with the laws of other jurisdiction of course.

I don't know if there are any international treaties that cover privacy, and if so, if it would encompass US COPPA.


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Heya Temp,

Thanks for the tip. I was actually considering not supporting it, and wasn't sure if any of them applied to aus legally. I will do some reading to confirm, but if you are correct, do you know how I make ocportal deny applications under 13 without asking for permission?

As i will be running it myself and it will be semi business semi community, I may not be able to govern the community 24/7 at first until I find some assistance, so no children members is possibly more suitable anyway.

Thanks,
Dylan
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ProphCore said

do you know how I make ocportal deny applications under 13 without asking for permission?
I haven't upgraded my ocPortal in quite some time, but from what Chris has said above it should just be a matter of turning on COPPA support in the configuration. Use the admin search tool to to find "COPPA" and it you should find it easily.

It won't outright deny them, but it will require manual validation, so they won't be able to log in.

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I may not be able to govern the community 24/7 at first until I find some assistance.
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