Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Disney and Viacom Child Privacy Violations Lawsuits

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Disney and Viacom Child Privacy Violations Lawsuits

On May 22, 2019, U.S. District Judge James Donato denied a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit accusing Viacom and The Walt Disney Company of violating child privacy protection laws by collecting and selling personal identifying information of children who used their child-focused mobile aps. The lawsuits allege the media giants collected kid’s data without parental consent and improperly used it to focus and transmit targeted advertising. [Read more…]

Judge Rejects Viacom’s Arbitration Bid Effort in Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Viacom Child Privacy

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James Donato has denied an attempt by  Viacom to force a proposed class action alleging widespread violations of child privacy laws into arbitration. The suit accuses Viacom of violating child privacy protection laws by collecting and selling personal identifying information of children who used Viacom’s child-focused mobile aps. [Read more…]

Child Advocacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over YouTube Child Privacy Violations

COPPA Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

On April 9, 2018, a coalition of over 20 public interest child advocacy groups including the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that the FTC begin a formal investigation of YouTube for significant violations of U.S. child privacy laws. [Read more…]

Law360 Expert Analysis: COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

Law360 has published an expert analysis piece on the state of privacy litigation under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501 et seq. The statute imposes strict requirements on commercial websites and online services that collect or maintain the personal information of children under the age of 13. The restrictions also apply to third-party vendors who acquire or otherwise interact with any of that information. Lieff Cabraser has been a forerunner in pursuing litigation on behalf of parents whose children’s data has been improperly acquired, shared, and monetized in a series of lawsuits against companies like Viacom and The Walt Disney Company as well as the creators of some vastly popular children’s games and apps like Subway Surfers. [Read more…]

Child Privacy Violations by Disney, Viacom, Others May Lead to New Kind of Privacy Lawsuit

Child Privacy Violations by Disney, Viacom, Others May Lead to New Kind of Privacy Lawsuit

Red Tape Chronicles reports on the child privacy lawsuits filed last week by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel against defendants including Disney and Viacom over allegations that dozens of kids’ apps and games illegally track children’s usage and data through mobile phones and other internet-connected devices. The cases focus in part on an “intrusion upon seclusion” claim, an intentional invasion into the private affairs of a given individual, in this instance millions of children throughout the U.S. “I think the lawyers caught Mickey with his shorts down,” said Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy. [Read more…]

New Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Viacom Alleges Violations of Child Online Privacy Laws

COPPA Child Privacy Violations

Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam announce the filing of a federal class action child privacy protection lawsuit on behalf of parents in California against Viacom and others. Plaintiffs, a California mother and her child, allege that the companies violate privacy protection laws by exporting children’s personal and identifying information from child-focused mobile Nickelodeon games to advertising networks without first obtaining the parental consent required by federal and state law. [Read more…]

Child Online Privacy Violations Lawsuit Filed Against The Walt Disney Company

COPPA Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA−(BusinessWire)−On behalf of parents in California, the law firms of Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam have filed a federal class action child privacy protection lawsuit alleging that the Walt Disney Company violates privacy protection laws by exporting children’s personal information from mobile games aimed at children to advertising networks without the parental consent required by federal and state law. Parents concerned about possible tracking and improper exploitation of their children’s data in Disney and other gaming apps should click here to contact a Lieff Cabraser digital privacy lawyer to learn more about their rights. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging “Subway Surfers” App Violates Child Online Privacy Protection Laws

COPPA Child Data Violations Lawsuit

Parents in California and New York have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their children alleging that the popular mobile app game Subway Surfers violates privacy protection laws by exporting their children’s personal information to advertising networks without obtaining required parental consent. [Read more…]

New Research Suggests At Least One-Half of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate Privacy Laws

New Research Suggests At Least One-Third of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate COPPA Privacy Laws

When parents download a “Designed for Families” gaming app for their children, they assume the game will not only be suitable for their children to play, but that their kids’ personal information will be kept secure. Indeed, federal law requires that child data be stringently protected in all online and internet-connected gaming. Disturbingly, however, new research highlighted in a Washington Post article “We Tested Apps For Children; Half Failed To Protect Their Data” reveals that at least one-half of children’s gaming apps violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by accessing and improperly sharing and monetizing child data in game apps. [Read more…]

Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is once again warning toy makers that their products must adhere to children’s privacy rules. In the wake of widespread media reports highlighting privacy dangers in child toys, including the exposure of voice recordings in toy pets and child data leaked from mobile apps and games, there has been increased scrutiny from lawmakers regarding the invasion of children’s privacy. [Read more…]

Trump Administration Guts US Internet Consumer Privacy Rules Even as Illegal Harvesting of Children’s Data By Game and App Studios Continues

Help stop illegal child data collection

Even as the Trump administration eliminated significant privacy protections enacted by the FCC under Obama to expose the browsing information of hundreds of millions of Americans, the broadband industry and its Washington insider allies have leapt in to trumpet what a great thing it is to let Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, et al. monitor and sell info about our every step online. This includes the now-permissible passive tracking of adult activity across apps and devices that is still illegal when applied to kid’s data under special separate laws enacted to protect children. [Read more…]