Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Congress moves to strengthen children's privacy; major app developer fined by FTC for COPPA violations


W3 Innovations, the parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps, has been required to pay a hefty fine to the FTC ($50000) for alleged violations of children’s privacy rules (previous post about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) in its touch aps for the iPad and iPhone.

One of the apps, for example, asked parents to enter the child’s name, which the company would then archive.  The company apparently also collected email addresses.

Ars Technica has a story by Jacqui Chang on Aug. 31, link here

Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a “Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011”, HR 1895, which he says would modernize COPPA, in view of technological capabilities in wireless, particularly to collect GPS (location) data, here

There’s a story on Paid Content by Joe Mullin, “FCC Busts App Maker for Collecting Kids’ Email Addresses”, here

W3 Innovations is here, and Broken Thumbs (obviously for children) is at this link

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