FTC Settles with Mobile App Developer

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In the FTC’s first case involving mobile apps, the FTC announced on August 15 that a mobile app developer has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle FTC charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC’s COPPA Rule (16 C.F.R. § 312). The settlement also requires the defendants to refrain from future violations of the COPPA Rule and to delete all personal information collected in violation of the Rule.

The developer, W3 Innovations, LLC, doing business as Broken Thumbs Apps, as well as the company’s president and owner, Justin Maples, develop and market mobile apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allow users to play games and share information. Several of the apps were targeted to children and were listed in the “Games-Kids” section of Apple’s App Store.

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