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App Temporarily Taken Offline Following FTC Complaint

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

December 12, 2012

The maker of children’s mobile app “Mobbles” has temporarily taken the app offline in response to news that the Center for Digital Democracy has filed a complaint against it with the Federal Trade Commission. The complaint alleges Mobbles violates COPPA in failing to post its privacy policy appropriately and in collecting data from children—including addresses, e-mail addresses and geolocation information—without parents’ permission. “This complaint provides a glimpse into a much larger, rapidly growing children’s mobile market in which companies are unleashing all of the available techniques for targeting kids,” said Kathryn Montgomery, a children’s privacy advocate and professor at American University. Meanwhile, NPR reports on the FTC’s recent report on mobile apps and kids.
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