Fines of up to $11,000 per incident could punish commercial children's web sites if they collect personal information on kids under 13 without parental consent. The sanction was set forth in the rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on April 20 to implement the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted last October.

Interested parties have until June 11 to comment on the proposed rules, which could go into effect as early as next fall.

Web site operators typically collect personal information from children when youngsters access chat rooms, send and receive eMail, use message boards, or participate in surveys


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