N.J. Sues Over iPhone Kids App

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Friday, June 8, 2012

New Jersey’s attorney general sued an iPhone app maker Wednesday, alleging that the company’s educational games collected personal information from children and then sent it to a data analytics company.

The state alleges the company, California-based 24x7digital LLC, encouraged kids who used games such as “TeachMe: 2nd Grade” to give their full names and other information when creating profiles. The app then sent names and a unique phone ID number to another company, according to the suit.

Under a federal law called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, tech companies are supposed to get parents’ consent before collecting information on kids under 13.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The suit is the latest sign of concerns about children’s privacy on mobile phones. Last year, a different company paid $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it was collecting personal information from kids in apps. In February, the FTC said that only 16% of the children’s apps it studied had a privacy policy that could be accessed before downloading the app.

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