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developer Broken Thumb Apps has settled with the Federal Trade Commission following allegations that it violated laws meant to protect children from having personal information exposed on the internet.
According to the FTC, the developer's child-targeted Emily's Dress UP and Shop
(pictured) allowed Broken Thumb to collect and maintain personal information (specifically a user's personal email address) via an in-game "shout-out" system, without a parent being notified. According to the FTC, this is a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
This is the first time the FTC has intervened on a smartphone application, but certainly not the first time it has hit a game publisher with a COPPA complaint: Disney-owned Playdom recently settled
with the Commission over similar allegations covering several games under the now-defunct Acclaim brand.