Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and 17 other organizations have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission accusing Facebook of breaking the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The groups signing the FTC complaint argue that Facebook’s Messenger Kids application is illegally collecting children’s personal information even when parental consent is not given.
Moreover, the letter says that Facebook has not added a COPPA-compliant mechanism for requesting verifiable parental consent before collecting and managing information about users under 13.
Messenger Kids is a social network designed explicitly by Facebook to target young children, between the ages of 6 and 12, who can’t create their own Facebook accounts or use the parent social network until they’re 13.
The organizations signing the complai… (read more)