Did Trump Campaign Violate COPPA Law? That’s a Question

Twitter users noticed a glaring oversight on the registration form for the Trump rally in Tulsa. The form is missing an “I am over 18” checkbox. This may prove important because it could mean the Trump camp possesses the information of millions of minors. What does this mean? If found to be true, the Trump campaign could then be in violation of COPPA Law.

COPPA, The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age. Each violation of the law is an $18,000 fine. Twitter was quick to point this out with tweets from TeaPain and Biden_Brigade. Biden_Brigade tweeted, “Parscale forgot to put the “I am over 18” checkbox on the Tulsa signup screen so now he has the personal information of a million or so minors.  So the Trump campaign is likely in violation of COPPA.”  TeaPain tweeted, “Each incident is a fine of $18,000, so the Trump campaign owes the government a total of 18 billion dollars.”

This is just more PR trouble for Trump after his Tulsa rally was barely attended despite him claiming that over a million people wanted to attend. This also comes on the heels of many staff members who worked on the rally becoming sick with the coronavirus. This is certainly not the type of publicity the Trump campaign needs at this moment.

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