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Legal Issues with Under-13 Users?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by =MGN=RedEagle, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Anyone know if opening the door to users under 13 is a big legal issue? Do you have to offer protections or something?
     
  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    As far as I know, no.
     
  3. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Depends on your country. Google "coppa".
     
  4. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    I am pretty sure you have to enable and use Coppa. Including faxing and getting docs signed by a parent to use the site. Your site must also maintain under a pg-13 rating in it's content.
     
  5. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    If you're based in the US. There's no international equivalent as far as I know.
     
  6. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    I am not US based but my server company is. How does Facebook do it then?
     
  7. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    You need to be COPPA compliant. Presumably Facebook are.
     
  8. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Just read it. Looks like you need parental consent, and now that I think of it, Facebook I think limits use to 13 and up.
     
  9. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member


    You have to be 13 to use facebook. Those under 13, put a DOB of 13 or older.
     
  10. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I thought FB was starting to allow under 13s and we're arguing for some COPPA changes to make it easier for them.
     
  11. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Correct, I believe I had my first FB account when I was 10 or 11...

    Anyhow, yeah - COPPA. Children under 13 need a signed permission form from their legal parent/guardian...

    vB had a COPPA usergroup for 'automatic' systems. If you're not US based just ignore it :)

    Most children fake their age anyway...
     
  12. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    My servers are in the US, rented from a US company. Is that an issue?
     
  13. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    I believe it would be yes, as the content on the servers would be subject to US law, and the hosting company would be subject to US law and would go through US courts.
     
  14. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Yes, you're US based so need to be COPPA compliant.
     
  15. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    Yes, regardless where you live, the provider and it's upstream provider must follow all state and federal laws. Same applies for you too. If you lived in US but hosted in Russia, your site would still need to follow Coppa guidelines as a US based owned forum.
     
  16. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

    If the operator of the website is a US citizen and/or the server is located in the US, then COPPA applies.
     
  17. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Sounds like it is best to just stay clear of 13 and under.
     
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Or the US.
     
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  19. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

    I run family-friendly forums so this is not possible.

    Unfortunately...
     
  20. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    What is a family MMO btw?
     

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