FTC fines app developer for allegedly collecting kids' information

Tuesday - 8/16/2011, 10:39am EDT

The Federal Trade Commission has fined a software developer $50,000 for an application that collected private information from children, NextGov reports.

FTC's move drew praise from several members of Congress concerned with online privacy. Broken Thumb Apps, owned by W-3 Innovations, collected information children sent to an online character known as "Emily," the FTC said, which it said is a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Several of W-3's games were listed in the kids section of Apple's App Store.

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