The Walt Disney Company is accused of illegally collecting personal information about children who play games on more than 40 popular smartphone apps.
The lawsuit alleges Disney and three of its software developers are in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The law was passed in 1998 to protect the privacy of children online.
Amanda Rushing, a California mother, filed the class-action lawsuit on Aug. 3 in a United States District Court in San Francisco.
“Most consumers, including parents, do not know that apps created for children are engineered to surreptitiously and unlawfully collect the child-users’ personal information,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims Disney violated child privacy laws by allowing software companies to install “trackers” in Disney apps, which are used to gather personal data about children. The lawsuit alleges the data is sold to third-parties who use the personal information for targeted advertisements.