Phone App Privacy Breach Proceedings Settle
19 August 2011
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that W3 Innovations, a developer of mobile applications, will pay $50,000 to settle charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act 1998 by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from children without their parents’ consent. FTC chairperson Jon Leibowitz said that “[c]ompanies must give parents the opportunity to make smart choices when it comes to their children’s sharing of information on smart phones”.
FTC’s media release (15 August 2011)