SpongeBob Disappears From App Store After Privacy Criticism

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SpongeBob Disappears From App Store After Privacy Criticism
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:45:35 PM »
An advocacy group calls on the FTC to investigate the children's game for violations of online privacy rights and misleading marketing.

"... Apparently, the game is collecting users' e-mail addresses with promises of sending them a future newsletter. It does not ask for a home address or phone number. According to the New York Times, the app description said it gathered "personal user data as well as nonpersonal user data" and "user data collection is in accordance with applicable law, such as COPPA."
However, the Center for Digital Democracy says that the app does not provide "notice to parents or obtain prior parental consent, as required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act." Technically, COPPA only applies to children under 13 years old, so many app makers get around this issue by saying they're targeting older children..."

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