Two app developers have agreed to pay a combined $360,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they allegedly violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by producing and selling games allowing third-party advertisers to collect personal information from children. The games, which include My Cake Shop, My Pizza Shop, Ice Cream Jump and Happy Pudding Jump, appeared to target children younger than age 14, but the app developers apparently failed to inform advertisers of that fact, which would have required them to comply with FTC and COPPA regulations.

"It's vital that companies understand the rules of the road when it comes to handling children's personal information online," FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich said in a December 17, 2015,press release. "These cases make it clear that we're closely watching this space to ensure children's privacy online is being protected."