COPA, Apple, and iOS 7

The Children's Online Privacy Act (COPA) has been a big road block to schools using iOS devices with students under 13. It's really just easier to send you to the Wikipedia page to learn why, but I'll give you the TL;DR version. from Wikipedia:

The act, effective April 21, 2000, applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction from children under 13 years of age. It details what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13. While children under 13 can legally give out personal information with their parents' permission, many websites altogether disallow underage children from using their services due to the amount of work involved.

So this basically means that its nearly impossible to deploy iCloud and iTunes U to kids under the age of 13. Apple has published this page to explain the ways that iOS 7 is making it easier deploy iPads in education. Near the bottom, there is this tidbit:

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This is a very big deal. While we don't have all the details, I am thrilled that Apple has solved this problem.