New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab Productions, maker of children’s game apps, and online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, arguing they violated the federal children’s privacy law, The New York Times reports. The suit also claims that Google misled consumers by placing apps in the family section of its store, challenging the company’s vetting process. The filing states that while the apps were marketed for children, they shared a user’s geolocation, demographic characteristics, online activity and other personal data to third parties without obtaining verified parental consent, violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which protects children under 13 from being improperly tracked, including for advertising purposes. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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