- What is a commercial website?
- Simply put, any website that buys, sells or offers a service of any kind is a commercial website.
CalOPPA applies to all websites that may serve California residents. CalOPPA applies to any person or entity that owns or operates a commercial website or online service that “collects and maintains personally identifiable information from a consumer residing in California who uses or visits” said website or online service. CalOPPA does not apply to internet service providers (“ISPs”) or similar entities that transmit or store personally identifiable information for a third party.
In 2012, the California Attorney General’s Office specifically applied CalOPPA to mobile applications for smartphones and tablets that collect personally identifiable information. Hundreds of apps providers were notified that they were in violation of CalOPPA, and they were given 30 days to submit compliance plans or face fines of up to $2,500 for each time their app was downloaded.
- If your business is aimed at children under the age of 13, you need to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). COPPA is a federal law which requires websites to have a parent’s permission before collecting any personal information from children under 13.
A: Yes, if you’re collecting any kind of personally identifiable information about your users or customers, such as name, email etc.