FTC settles charges against children’s social network


The settlement bans the site from future violations of COPPA and from misrepresenting its practices regarding the collection and use of children’s personal data. It also requires Godwin to destroy the information he collected from children in violation of COPPA, to link to online educational materials and retain an online privacy expert to oversee any COPPA-covered websites he may operate.

The order includes a $100,000 civil penalty, though all but $1,000 will be suspended if Godwin provided truthful information about his financial condition and complies with the oversight provisions of the settlement.

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