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 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Featured News, Laws, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

Aaron Lancaster of BakerHostetler has a great privacy rewind for the week that includes two actions by state attorneys general who have sued Tiny Labs for violations of COPPA, the FTC Act, and respective state unfair practices laws. He writes:

NM AG Sues Tech Company Tiny Labs for Violations of COPPA, FTC Act and Unfair Practices Act

  • New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against app developer Tiny Labs, alleging that the company acquired the personal data of children who used apps designed by the company “to target the children with advertisements based on their own personal information.”
  • According to the AG, “[t]his conduct endangers the children of New Mexico, undermines the ability of their parents to protect children and their privacy, and violates state and federal law,” including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Federal Trade Commission Act (the FTC Act) and the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act.

AZ AG Sues Tech Company Tiny Labs for Violations of COPPA, FTC Act and Unfair Practices Act

  • Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently retained Cooper & Kirk PLLC as outside counsel to investigate actions of an undisclosed company tech (the retention agreement was redacted) related to the “storage of consumer location data, tracking of consumer location, and other consumer tracking through [undisclosed company’s] smartphone operating systems.”
  • According to the retention agreement, these actions constitute potential violations of Arizona’s Consumer Fraud Act, and the agreement contemplates litigation or other action to stop the alleged tracking.

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