COPPA Policy

In order to comply with the Children’s Online Protection Privacy Act, effective April 21, 2000, MuggleNet has a policy on how we deal with information relating to minors.

MuggleNet has a diverse user base, with many readers aged under 13. We may ask for your email address without prior consent from your parents:

  • In order to allow one-time communication with a person, after which time the email address will be deleted.

  • To protect your safety while participating on the site.

  • To protect the security or liability of the site, or in response to law enforcement.

Before asking for any other information, or asking for your email address for any other reason, we ask that you have confirmed permission with your parents. If we are in any doubt over the validity of this permission, it may be confirmed by asking for a:

  • Signed form, via post.

  • Telephone confirmation.

  • Digital signature.

Giving your email address may be essential to contact you for some contests or to communicate between staff and users. However, generally, an email address or any other form of contact information is not needed to access the site. We highly recommend that you do not give away your identity; this may include:

  • Not giving out your name (by using a “screen name,” dissimilar to your actual name), email address, address, phone number, or any identifiable information in the MuggleNet Chat or in the comments form. These areas are open to the public and we have no way of verifying the identification of users.

  • Never agreeing to an in-person meet-up with someone that you get to know via MuggleNet or any website suggested by MuggleNet without seeking permission from your parents/guardians and being accompanied by a responsible adult.

MuggleNet does not gather any information from you via cookies, except a non-identifiable cookie in order to determine your preferred layout. However, our advertisers may use cookies; please click here for more information and to opt out.

If you are a parent or guardian and wish for any information about your child to be disclosed to you or removed from MuggleNet, please contact any member of staff via the Contact Us page.

This policy is intended to protect children while using MuggleNet, whilst still allowing them to participate as much as possible. Any information collected from any person will not be more than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity as a condition of participation. No information collected will be disclosed to third parties, unless approved by us; if so, this will be clearly mentioned (e.g., partners in competitions, etc.).

This policy applies if you are 13 or under. Any user found to be falsely claiming to be an age that they are not (either older or younger than their real age), if disclosed, may be banned from further participation and your activity may be reported to your ISP or a relevant law authority, who may take further action at their discretion if they deem it appropriate.