Disney, Inc. – illegally tracking children through their software

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A440
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Disney, Inc. – illegally tracking children through their software

Post by A440 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:17 am

Disney is now in a federal US court, facing charges of illegally collecting information on the kids that use their software – 42 different software titles.
The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies — Upsight, Unity and Kochava — alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate “commercial exploitation.”

The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of children on the Web. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, seeks an injunction barring the companies from collecting and disclosing the data without parental consent, as well as punitive damages and legal fees.
washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/08/07/these-42-disney-apps-are-allegedly-spying-on-your-kids/

Apollo702
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RE: Disney, Inc. – illegally tracking children through their s

Post by Apollo702 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:52 am

I always wondered if when sites say that they are only for those 13 and up how well that holds up. They can say it- but without extensive snooping how would they know? If they enforced their own policies would violate both the law and their own terms on a huge number of users. It's a catch 22.

Therefore, would any online
spying be an inherent conflict?

Site-rater
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RE: Disney, Inc. – illegally tracking children through their s

Post by Site-rater » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:05 pm

<quote user="apollo702">
I always wondered if when sites say that they are only for those 13 and up how well that holds up. They can say it- but without extensive snooping how would they know? If they enforced their own policies would violate both the law and their own terms on a huge number of users. It's a catch 22.

Therefore, would any online
spying be an inherent conflict?
[/quote]

They don't take down YouTube accounts of kids who claim to be under 13.
Facebook is spotty at best at taking down a family member's underage account.

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RE: Disney, Inc. – illegally tracking children through their s

Post by Apollo702 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:06 am

<quote user="site-rater">
They don't take down YouTube accounts of kids who claim to be under 13.
Facebook is spotty at best at taking down a family member's underage account.
[/quote]

So in those instances they truly are in violation. I wonder what % of that is from relying on bots for customer no service or a pure management decision.


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