VTech to Pay $650,000 in FTC SettlementVTech to Pay $650,000 in FTC Settlement
VTech's Kid Connect app and its Planet VTech platform collected personal information on 760,000 children without parental permission, the FTC alleges.
January 9, 2018
VTech Electronics agreed to a $650,000 settlement payment and sanctions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve charges it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the FTC announced today.
Under COPPA, companies are required to directly notify parents or obtain verifiable parental consent when collecting personal information on their children and also take reasonable measures to safeguard the information. The FTC alleges VTech's Kid Connect app, which had 638,000 children accounts, and its now-defunct Planet VTech gaming and chat platform, which had 130,000 children accounts, violated COPPA requirements.
The FTC settlement agreement also requires VTech to implement a comprehensive data security program, which will undergo independent audits for the next 20 years. VTech is also permanently prohibited from violating COPPA in the future and misrepresenting its security and privacy practices, as part of the settlement agreement.
Read more about VTech's settlement here.
About the Author(s)
You May Also Like
Reducing Cyber Risk in Enterprise Email Systems: It's Not Just Spam and PhishingDec 12, 2023
SecOps & DevSecOps in the CloudDec 14, 2023
What's In Your Cloud?Jan 17, 2024
Everything You Need to Know About DNS AttacksJan 18, 2024
How to Deploy Zero Trust for Remote Workforce Security
What Ransomware Groups Look for in Enterprise Victims
How to Use Threat Intelligence to Mitigate Third-Party Risk
Concerns Mount Over Ransomware, Zero-Day Bugs, and AI-Enabled Malware
Securing the Remote Worker: How to Mitigate Off-Site Cyberattacks