CDD statement on Yelp, COPPA and FTC
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 17 2014
This case shows that even large companies are rushing to make mobile apps without building in appropriate safeguards for children, required by COPPA. Yelp not only collected information from children, it published their reviews to anyone who checked the site—potentially putting child users at further risk in terms of privacy and safety harms. While it is troubling that the company’s collection of information from children for four years is receiving such a light fine (when the law calls for 16,000 dollars per violation) it is good to see that Yelp has gone to the point of deleting all of the affected accounts. Companies that have violated COPPA should never be allowed to retain data collected from kids.
Hudson B. Kingston
Center for Digital Democracy