On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new guide for online birthday invites, which aims to help companies better understand their customers’ preferences for inviting friends and family.
The guidelines are intended to better serve people with online and offline activities, and also to help consumers understand how the federal government works with the private sector to make the birthday process easier.
The guide is aimed at “promoting online and online-only activities and providing a better online experience,” according to the HHS.
The HHS has a list of activities, including those involving electronic communications and payment, that are exempt from online requirements, but some have been added in the last year.
Some of those are: giving online invites; making payments for gift cards and other payments; buying gift cards for gifts; sending emails; or making phone calls.
“Online and online activities are generally not considered activities that are required to be subject to the birthday requirement, such as gifts, birthday invitations or online purchases,” the HHS states.
Some birthday requirements have changed over time.
The first federal government online birthday requirement in 2005, which requires a birthday party or social event to be held at least one week before the date of birth, has been eliminated.
The latest requirements to take effect in 2019 include: limiting online purchases to $50 in any 24-hour period; limiting online payments to $25 per month; and limiting online book purchases to no more than $50.
For more, see the HHS guidance on online birthday parties and social events.
Here’s what the new guidelines are: What you need to know about online birthday requirements