However, nonprofit entities that operate for the profit of their commercial members may be subject to the Rule. OMB Guidance for Implementing the Privacy Provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002 (Sept. Foreign-based websites and online services must comply with COPPA if they are directed to children in the United States, or if they knowingly collect personal information from children in the U. The law’s definition of “operator” includes foreign-based websites and online services that are involved in commerce in the United States or its territories. S.-based sites and services that collect information from foreign children also are subject to COPPA. The amended Rule retains the requirement that, if there are multiple operators collecting information through your site (including via plug-ins), you may list the name, address, phone number, and email address of one operator who will respond to all inquiries from parents regarding all of the operators’ privacy policies and use of children’s information, as long as the names of all the operators are also listed in this online notice. For more detailed information about activities considered support for internal operations, FAQs I.5-8, below. As described in FAQ C.11 above, the amended Rule makes clear that the direct notice to parents must contain certain key information within the four corners of the notice itself, depending on the purpose for which the information is being collected.A Statement of Basis and Purpose is a document an agency issues when it promulgates or amends a rule, explaining the rule’s provisions and addressing comments received in the rulemaking process. Operators covered by the Rule must: The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children.A Statement of Basis and Purpose was issued when the COPPA Rule was promulgated in 1999, and another Statement of Basis and Purpose was issued when the Rule was revised in 2012. It also applies to operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13.In some circumstances, this may mean that children are able to register on a site or service in violation of the operator’s Terms of Service.If, however, the operator later determines that a particular user is a child under age 13, COPPA’s notice and parental consent requirements will be triggered.Examples of online services include services that allow users to play network-connected games, engage in social networking activities, purchase goods or services online, receive online advertisements, or interact with other online content or services. If you are concerned about your children accessing online pornography or other inappropriate materials, you may want to consider a filtering program or an Internet Service Provider that offers tools to help screen out or restrict access to such material.