As we predicted in prior blog posts (here and here), the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on. The Commission just announced that online review site Yelp, Inc. (“Yelp”) and mobile app developer TinyCo, Inc. (“TinyCo”), agreed to settle separate Federal Trade Commission charges that they improperly collected personal information from children under 13 in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). and TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty.
Under the term of its settlement, Yelp will pay a $450,000 civil penalty and is required: (1) to comply with COPPA in the future, and to provide a report to the FTC a year from now describing what the company is doing to comply and (2) to delete information collected from consumers who said they were under 13 when they registered. The order includes an exception if Yelp can show the person was over 13 when she/he signed up for the service. To read more about the Yelp Settlement, click here.
Under the terms of its settlement, TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty and is required to:
(1) do a major COPPA clean-up and (2) to delete all information collected from children under 13. To read more about the TinyCo Settlement, click here.
COPPA coverage is broader than you think.