W3 Innovations, the company behind Broken Thumbs Apps, has settled in a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit for illegal data collection, agreeing to pay a $50,000 fine. ArsTechnica reports that the company’s children’s apps collected more than 30,000 email addresses and the personal information of hundreds of app users. The data collection violates the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule that requires parental consent for a company to collect or use children’s personal info.
W3 and Broken Thumbs agreed to settle immediately and also agreed to delete the personal information they illegally collected. Some of the apps in question, Emily’s Girl World and Emily’s Dress Up, required children to enter their names before playing.