FTC settles with kids’ app maker over alleged privacy violations


An app maker has settled with the FTC over charges that its applications violated children’s privacy laws due to information sharing. (David Paul Morris/BLOOMBERG)

The FTC alleges that the app maker collected and maintained e-mail addresses from kid-focused apps including Emily’s Girl World, Emily’s Dress-Up and Emily’s Runway High Fashion, which were available for download through Apple’s App Store.

According to the agency, there have been over 50,000 downloads of W3 apps, which were directed at children, that also allowed kids to post personal information to the Internet on message boards without notifying and obtaining the consent of parents in advance.

In addition to the penalty, the FTC has also barred the company and its president and owner Justin Maples from future violations of the COPPA rule and has required that the company delete all the personal information it collected from children.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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