Tag Archives: COPPA

KleptoCats Maker Settles with FTC Over Failure to Get Parental Consent

HyperBeard, the makers of several children’s mobile apps (including KleptoCats), recently settled with the FTC over failure to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting children’s personal information online, in violation of COPPA. In its complaint, the FTC argued that the HyperBeard apps were clearly directed to children. The apps contained brightly-colored animated characters, kid-friendly language, … Continue Reading

FTC Releases 2019 Privacy and Security Year in Review

The FTC recently released its annual privacy and security report, providing a snapshot of the issues focused on in the previous year. These reports are often looked at as a signal for insights into the agency’s upcoming priorities. Generally, the report contains a summary of the FTC’s enforcement, advocacy, and rulemaking actions from 2019, a … Continue Reading

NJ AG Settles with Chinese Firm Over COPPA Violations, FTC Sends Warning Letters

The NJ attorney general recently announced that it settled with a Chinese entity over violations of COPPA. The company promotes itself as a “virtual beauty counter,” and makes a variety of apps that let consumers virtually try on makeup. These apps include facial recognition technology, as well as photo-editing tools that allow users to customize … Continue Reading

Connected Toys, COPPA, and What’s Next

The settlement between VTech Electronics Ltd. and the FTC in the first Internet-connected toys COPPA case is a reminder for companies looking to enter the connected toys space not to forget this child-focused law. The FTC complaint alleged that VTech violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the FTC’s COPPA Rule because it collected … Continue Reading
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