Disney’s gaming apps accused of spying on children

Disney apps have trackers embedded inside that allows data to be monitored without having consent

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Disney’s gaming apps accused of spying on children Color by Disney is one of the apps filed in the lawsuit.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  August 10, 2017

The Walt Disney Company is being sued after a lawsuit was filed claiming that 42 of its smartphone apps have been spying on children.

The filed class action suit against Disney and three software companies, Upsight, Unity and Kochava, is in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The claimant is Amanda Rushing who said she was unaware of the information collected when her child played Disney Princess Palace Pets.

The lawsuit states that Disney is violating privacy protection laws as its gaming apps have collected personal information and shared data without their consent. The apps in question are embedded with trackers which can access geographical information, browsing history and third party information, this data is then sold on.

Rushing is asking for an injunction that stops the tracking and sharing of data collected without parental consent.

Disney has responded with: "Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families. The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in court."

Visit the next page to see all the Disney apps named in the lawsuit.

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