Jamie Ross reports:
Two Southern California companies that make computer apps aimed at children – such as “My Cake Shop” and “Ice Cream Jump” – must stop letting third parties collect personal information from the kids for targeted ads.
The Federal Trade Commission filed settlements with LAI Systems, of Los Angeles, and Retro Dreamer, of Upland, on Dec. 17 in Federal Court. It accused both of them of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.
LAI did not tell advertisers that its apps – such as My Cake Shop, My Pizza Shop, Hair Salon Makeover, Friday Night Makeover, Marley the Talking Dog and Animal Sounds – were directed at children, “and did not instruct or contractually require the advertising networks to refrain from targeted advertising,” the FTC said.
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