Yelp Inc and TinyCo Inc have reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that they collected the personal data of children in breach of the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The complaint against Yelp Inc alleges that the online review site collected the personal data of children through the Yelp app without the knowledge or consent of parents. App developer Tinyco Inc is alleged to have collected data via some of its most popular apps without complying with the specific requirements of COPPA. Yelp will pay a US$450,000 civil penalty and TinyCo a US$300,000 civil penalty.

Federal Trade Commission press release – 17 September 2014