Re: please do *never* use GitHub for free software, was Re: Salsa vs Github
- Date: Sat, 18 May 2019 08:30:07 -0000 (UTC)
- From: Curt <curty@xxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: please do *never* use GitHub for free software, was Re: Salsa vs Github
On 2019-05-18, Richard Hector <richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm not going to read them again, but IIRC one of them referred to the
> GitHub ToC, which contained a bit about restricting accounts to those
> over 13 years of age, and claiming this was due to US law (but not
> specifying which law).
The primary goal of COPPA is to place parents in control over what information
is collected from their young children online. The Rule was designed to
protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the
Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online
services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect,
use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general
audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are
collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13.
The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge
that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another
website or online service directed to children.
Nearly all other social media services require users to be at least 13 years of
age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat,
Twitter, Instagram, Musical.ly and Skype.
Whilst there is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, users need
to be 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (enabling them to subscribe
to other channels, like videos, post comments, share their own content and flag
Why do these restrictions exist? The reason most social media services use an
age limit of 13 or over is in part because of a law in the USA. The COPPA law
or Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act states that any organisations or
people operating online services (including social media services) are not
allowed to collect the personal information of anyone under the age of 13
without parental permission.