FTC Settles Privacy Charges with Mobile App Maker

Lora Bentley
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Mobile application maker W3 Innovations, which does business as Broken Thumbs Apps, has settled charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.


The FTC charged the company with collecting thousands of emails from kids under 13 without prior consent from their parents. Further, the company allowed kids to post personal information on public discussion boards. W3 is the first app maker to face FTC charges under COPPA, and the company has agreed to pay $50,000 in fines to settle, the story says.


Among other things, the law requires application makers and websites that target kids to disclose their information collection practices and requires them to gain prior parental consent before collecting, using or distributing a child's personal information. The company could not verify that it had obtained parental consent before collecting the email addresses or allowing the kids to post to message boards.

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