Yelp pays $450,000 in FTC lawsuit after letting children sign up for accounts

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Yelp is the latest company to settle a children’s privacy case with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency posted a settlement today, saying Yelp would pay $450,000 for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a rule that limits how sites can collect information from people under 13. In its original complaint, the FTC said that while Yelp’s website screened users when they signed up, from 2009 to 2013, Yelp’s mobile app let anyone, regardless of age, register for an account. Once they had, they could post photos and reviews, and Yelp collected location data from their phones, thus accepting personal information on “several thousand individuals” who indicated that they were between 9 and 13 years old.

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