A recent lawsuit filed by the FTC on Friday targeted W3 Innovations for collecting the personal information of children.
W3 Innovations is the parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps, which was the creator of popular apps such as Zombie Duck Hunt, Truth or Dare, and Emily’s Dress Up – Apps which have been downloaded a total of more than 50,000 times in the App Store.
The FTC claimed that W3 Innovations had collected more than 30,000 children’s (or parents), emails and personal information through their Apps.
One game asked children for their names, and another app, Emily’s Girl World, allowed children to comment on related blogs. All of this information was then stored in their servers.
The FTC says that these Apps that specifically target children are in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Pact.
The lawsuit was apparently settled with W3 giving the FTC $50,000 and agreeing to delete all of the children’s information off of their servers.
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