December 2, 2016

Boston Public Library not Alone in Requiring Parent Signatures for Online Accounts

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BPL says it’s just following rules in preventing kids 13 years old and younger from signing up online for a library card.

Boston PL Limits Kids from Opening Online Accounts, Citing COPPA


Even though the law doesn’t prohibit children under 13 from opening a library account online, Boston Public Library’s alleged efforts to stay on the safe side of COPPA made “her heart sink,” says researcher danah boyd.