BBB Unit Alerts FTC of Alleged COPPA ViolationsThe Children's Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc. said yesterday that it has referred two children's Web sites to the Federal Trade Commission involving alleged violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
The Web sites are www.agirllikeu.com and www.lilromeo.com. Both attract an audience of children ages 9-12, according to the ad review unit.
COPPA, which took effect April 21, 2000, requires Web sites that collect information from children younger than 13 to obtain parental consent and to post extensive privacy policies.
Agirllikeu.com targets age 9-12 and teen girls with message boards, e-commerce and contests while lilromeo.com is the Web site for 11-year-old rapper Lil Romeo.
The FTC does not comment on possible or current investigations.