Mitchell Taraschi, Chair of Connell Foley's Product Liability and Tort Group, and Perri Koll, an associate in the Group, authored the article "Does At-Home Online Schooling Actually Mean Less Privacy for Students?" for the DRI product liability newsletter Strictly Speaking.
The article reviews privacy concerns related to children participating in online schooling during the COVID19 pandemic. Specifically, Mitch and Perri discuss the need for schools to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Key issues that arise in an online schooling environment include the use or disclosure of personal information, and obtaining verifiable parental consent. Under COPPA, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does review and approve self-regulatory program guidelines for online operators and offers a kidSAFE Seal Program that helps parents and educators identify websites that are COPPA-compliant.