Walt Disney is accused of using some of their smartphone and tablet applications to spy on children and a lawsuit was initiated by a Californian court in order to clear things up.
The American company, which has just announced they will withdraw its content from Netflix to create its own streaming video service, has been summoned by the Californian court because, allegedly, their apps collect information about children.
The data is sold, afterward, to various advertising companies.
The applications developed by Disney are equipped with certain software components used in tracking and collecting data industry, especially the information related to the user’s behavior.
Although it is a technique often used by developers for mobile applications, the problem with Disney is the fact that there are children in the middle.
In conclusion, Disney violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a law passed by the US Congress in 1999 to protect children’s privacy online.
According to this law, data collection when it comes to children under the age of 13 can only be used or stocked with the consent of parents.
In an official statement, Disney denies their applications violated COPPA and its representatives claim it’s all been a misunderstanding.
In 2011, Disney’s Playdom subsidiary was fined with $3 million for the exact same infringement.