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A California-based app developer is facing legal action for reportedly taking children’s information and selling it without parental permission.New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa filed Wednesday a lawsuit against 24x7digital LLC, claiming the company collects information about children — including their names and a code that can be used to identify the children — and sends the information to a third party, the Star-Ledger reported.
24x7digital LLC develops the “TeachMe” apps, popular educational tools that let kids post pictures of themselves.
Chiesa’s lawsuit alleges the app violates the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
“We appreciate the educational component of these apps, but under no circumstances is it acceptable to transmit identifying information about toddlers or first and second graders without the informed consent of their parents,” Eric Kanefsky, Acting Director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs, told the Ledger.
The company declined to comment on the lawsuit but told the Star-Ledger it had removed all data collection functionality from the apps.
The company has a host of apps available in the iTunes store, with TeachMe apps for toddlers through second graders.
TeachMe:Kindergarten is listed as the eleventh best paid iPhone Education App in the iTunes store.
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