Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children’s Privacy Rule

Got apps? Get COPPA compliant. For those who thought that the Childrens’ Online Privacy Protection Act only applied to websites, think again:

A developer of mobile applications, including children’s games for the iPhone and iPod touch, will pay $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA and the FTC’s COPPA Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from tens of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents’ prior consent. This is the Commission’s first case involving mobile applications, known as apps.“The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires parental notice and consent before collecting children’s personal information online, whether through a website or a mobile app,” said Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Companies must give parents the opportunity to make smart choices when it comes to their children’s sharing of information on smart phones.”

[via Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children's Privacy Rule.]

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