15 U.S. Code § 6501 - Definitions
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In this chapter:
The term “operator”—
(A) means any person who operates a website located on the Internet or an online service and who collects or maintains personal information from or about the users of or visitors to such website or online service, or on whose behalf such information is collected or maintained, where such website or online service is operated for commercial purposes, including any person offering products or services for sale through that website or online service, involving commerce—
(ii) in any territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia, or between any such territory and—
(B) does not include any nonprofit entity that would otherwise be exempt from coverage under section 45 of this title.
The term “disclosure” means, with respect to personal information—
(A) the release of personal information collected from a child in identifiable form by an operator for any purpose, except where such information is provided to a person other than the operator who provides support for the internal operations of the website and does not disclose or use that information for any other purpose; and
(B) making personal information collected from a child by a website or online service directed to children or with actual knowledge that such information was collected from a child, publicly available in identifiable form, by any means including by a public posting, through the Internet, or through—
(5) Federal agency
The term “Internet” means collectively the myriad of computer and telecommunications facilities, including equipment and operating software, which comprise the interconnected world-wide network of networks that employ the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, or any predecessor or successor protocols to such protocol, to communicate information of all kinds by wire or radio.
(8) Personal information
The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information about an individual collected online, including—
(F) any other identifier that the Commission determines permits the physical or online contacting of a specific individual; or
(9) Verifiable parental consent
The term “verifiable parental consent” means any reasonable effort (taking into consideration available technology), including a request for authorization for future collection, use, and disclosure described in the notice, to ensure that a parent of a child receives notice of the operator’s personal information collection, use, and disclosure practices, and authorizes the collection, use, and disclosure, as applicable, of personal information and the subsequent use of that information before that information is collected from that child.
(10) Website or online service directed to children
(A) In general
The term “website or online service directed to children” means—
A commercial website or online service, or a portion of a commercial website or online service, shall not be deemed directed to children solely for referring or linking to a commercial website or online service directed to children by using information location tools, including a directory, index, reference, pointer, or hypertext link.
The term “person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, trust, estate, cooperative, association, or other entity.
Source(Pub. L. 105–277, div. C, title XIII, § 1302,Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–728.)
Pub. L. 105–277, div. C, title XIII, § 1308,Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–735, provided that: “Sections 1303 (a), 1305, and 1306 of this title [enacting sections 6502 (a), 6504, and 6505 of this title] take effect on the later of—
“(1) the date that is 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 21, 1998]; or
“(2) the date on which the Commission rules on the first application filed for safe harbor treatment under section 1304 [enacting section 6503 of this title] if the Commission does not rule on the first such application within one year after the date of enactment of this Act, but in no case later than the date that is 30 months after the date of enactment of this Act.”