Disney is being sued over claims that it has illegally collected personal data through children’s gaming apps.
The Washington Post reported the story, reporting that Disney are the defendant in a case where they have allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which is an act that protects children’s privacy on online sites and apps.
According to the lawsuit, games such as Disney Princess Palace Pets and Where’s My Water 2 have ‘trackers’ inside the code. This allows Disney to “exfiltrate that information off the smart device for advertising and other commercial purposes.”
Disney have responded, “Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families,” Disney said. “The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in Court.”