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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
 inappropriate content).

 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.

> Richard