A disgruntled parent has filed a lawsuit against Disney and three software developers for collecting personal information about her kid via the company's mobile games.
The lawsuit, filed this week in a California court, argues that Disney never asked for parental approval before collecting any data on the kids playing Disney mobile games.
The data collection took place via advertising SDKs (software development kits) embedded in the company's smartphone and tablet games.
The lawsuit lists as defendants Disney and three software developers — whose SDKs Disney developers used inside their games. The three companies are Upsight, Inc.; Unity Technologies SF; and Kochava, Inc.
The lawsuit claims that over 40 Disney games for Android and iOS collection kids information via the SDKs, and transmitted this data to Disney's servers.
Plaintiffs fear that Disney is using this secret data collection practice to create profiles on their children.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) is a United States federal law that outlaws the collection of personal data from kids under the age of 13.
This is not the first time Disney broke COPPA. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the multi-billion dollar Disney corporation with $3 million after subsidiary Playdom, Inc. collected data on child players without parental approval.
The plaintiff — Amanda Rushing and her child L.L. — are asking the judge for a class-action status for the legal endeavor. They're also asking for damages, legal and attorney fees, and an injunction for Disney's data collection practice.
Below are the games included in the lawsuit for which the plaintiffs say Disney forgot to ask for parental permission before collecting data from their children.
AvengersNet, Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match, Cars Lightning League, Club Penguin Island, Color by Disney, Disney Color and Play, Disney Crossy Road, Disney Dream Treats, Disney Emoji Blitz, Disney Gif, Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!, Disney LOL, Disney Princess Palace Pets, Disney Princess: Story Theater, Disney Store Become, Disney Story Central, Disney's Magic Timer by Oral-B, Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures, Dodo Pop, Disney Build It Frozen, DuckTales: Remastered, Frozen Free Fall, Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot, Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe, Inside Out Thought Bubbles, Maleficent Free Fall, Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions, Moana Island Life, Olaf's Adventures, Palace Pets in Whisker Haven, Sofia the First Color and Play, Sofia the First Secret Library, Star Wars: Puzzle Droids™, Star Wars™: Commander, Temple Run: Oz, Temple Run: Brave, The Lion Guard, Toy Story: Story Theater, Where’s My Water?, Where's My Mickey?, Where's My Water? 2, Where’s My Water? Lite/ Where’s My Water? Free, Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object