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Collection (also collects) means

the gathering of any personal information from a child by any means, including but not limited to:
(a) Requesting, prompting, or encouraging a child to submit personal information online;
(b) Enabling a child to make personal information publicly available in identifiable form. An operator shall not be considered to have collected personal information under this paragraph if it takes reasonable measures to delete all or virtually all personal information from a child's postings before they are made public and also to delete such information from its records; or
(c) Passive tracking of a child online.[1]
Personal information is collected or maintained on behalf of an operator when: (a) it is collected or maintained by an agent or service provider of the operator; or (b) the operator benefits by allowing another person to collect personal information directly from users of such website or online service.[2]


Collection is

[t]he first phase of the computer and network forensics process, which involves identifying, labeling, recording, and acquiring data from the possible sources of relevant data, while following guidelines and procedures that preserve the integrity of the data.[3]


Collection is "the acquisition of information and the provision of this information to processing elements."


  1. 16 C.F.R. 312.2.
  2. Id.
  3. NIST Special Publication 800-86, at C-1.

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