Search the Community
Showing results for tags 'us law'.
Found 1 result
Hello, I have some concerns regarding the site terms on EQD Forums. To summarize, one is a pet peeve regarding spam/gravedigging while the other is more serious and pertains to maintaining legally responsible global rules and/or terms of service. Gravedigging: While I admittedly haven't seen so many problems with this in our humble village, I think it's bound to happen (especially in regard to those Chinese spammers who keep showing up). Gravedigging (posting on a very old or dead thread) is generally not considered socially acceptable anywhere and I was very surprised not to see basic rules against this. Eg. User in 2015: Is anyone going to see the MLP movie? User today: No, its production was cancelled. Updating Compliance with US Law: Apparently our servers are based in the US, and I think this is important because EQD Forums could really be more clear that it is in compliance with the 1998 Childrens' Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which is a federal law here in the states pertaining to how a business or "service" (such as a forum) may collect information (including so little as a username) from minors under the age of 13. If you have ever used a board which says you must be at least 13 to post there, it's often due to the site owner's wishes to comply with these regulations. "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. 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. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children." - Trade Commission FAQ (See Below) "Personal information" includes: - Name - "Persistent Identifier" (Username) - Email - Other personally identifying information The following example of such a forum policy is taken from another pony forum: "In addition to a desire to keep young children away from content that they - or their parents - are likely to find objectionable, this minimum [age restriction] has also been set into place to ensure that the forum remains in compliance with the American Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and similar laws." See the FTC FAQ here: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions