SpongeBob game developer ordered to pay $500K over CCPA, COPPA violations

Child Privacy

Popular children’s mobile game developer Tilting Point Media (TPM) agreed to pay $500,000 to settle allegations the company illegally collected children’s personal data, a violation under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and a federal children’s privacy law.

TPM, developer of mobile game app SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off, allegedly shared children’s data without parental consent, a violation of the CCPA and the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced in a press release June 18. The game includes targeted advertising and in-app purchases.

The details: The game, a cooking simulation, is targeted at children under the age of 13, as well as teens and young adults, but TPM’s age verification didn’t encourage users to answer correctly, Bonta’s office alleged in a complaint.

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