FTC and HyperBeard App Developer Settle COPPA Violations

    Private: Amanda Doran

    On June 4, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with mobile application developer HyperBeard, which allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by permitting third-party advertising companies to collect personal information from minors without parental consent for use in targeting ads to the children.

    A $4 million judgment was entered against HyperBeard, but because the company lacked the funds to pay the judgment, the FTC agreed to suspend the remaining fee if HyperBeard pays $150,000 and deletes all personal information collected from children under the age of 13.

    Read more at the FTC

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