Is your site directed at children or preteens? If so, children of what age?
If your site isn't directed at children, do you have lots of kids at your site? How do you know? (Do you have a form that asks for birth date or ages? Do users send you E-mails identifying themselves as children?)
Here are some other questions that pertain:
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consult an experienced kids' privacy lawyer. COPPA would apply in most cases if you have answered yes to any of the above inquiries and can have serious consequences if ignored.
The latest companies to be charged with COPPA compliance issues and heavily fined by the FTC are Hershey and Mrs. Fields Cookies. These are trusted brands and not generally considered companies that would ordinarily violate child-protection laws. But COPPA implications aren't always easy to spot, even for large companies that care about children and site privacy and that have large legal teams.
It takes a very experienced kids' privacy lawyer to help you navigate the tricky waters of kids' privacy regulations. This is not the time to save money by using a lawyer inexperienced in these matters. The potential damage to your company's reputation, if parents don't trust you with their children, far outweighs any short-term savings.
Don't become the next company named in a highly publicized FTC enforcement action. Forewarned is forearmed when COPPA is involved.