The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 is a federal law giving parents control over the information collected online from their children, 12 or younger. Given the lengthy name, the law is almost always referred to as “COPPA” when compliance topics are discussed.
Abbreviations only really help, however, if the pronunciation is clear. Most people pronounce the COPPA abbreviation as “Cope-Pah”. The interpretation comes from the Italian word “coppa”, which is a type of Italian ham. This usage is, however, incorrect.
“COPPA” is correctly pronounced:
As in a policeman and your father. Imagine Edward G. Robinson pronouncing the word “copper” and you have it. If you are unfamiliar with the actor, try imagining a 1920s gangster pronouncing copper.
Just to be clear, I’m not responsible if you walk around the rest of the day pronouncing everything with an old school gangster accent.
Richard A. Chapo, Esq.