These 42 Disney Apps Are Spying On Your Kids, Lawsuit Claims

Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of its younger clients and exchanges data with advertisers illegally without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week in California.

The class suit is for Disney and three other software companies – Upsight, Unity and Kochava – claiming that the mobile applications they have built violate the law by collecting information about users of Internet applications, there are including the age of 13 years that facilitate commercial exploitation.

The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated the COPPA Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law to protect children’s privacy on the Web.

The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks a court order prohibiting companies from collecting and disclosing data without parental consent, as well as punitive damages and legal costs.

The lawsuit claims that Disney has allowed software companies to integrate crawlers into applications such as “Disney Princess Palace Animals” and “Where’s My Water?”

Once installed, the tracking software can “smuggle this information out of the smart device for advertising and other commercial purposes,” according to the lawsuit.

Disney should not use these software development companies, said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

“They are a robust technology, industrial use data and analysis companies, whose function is to track and obtain economic benefits from people,” said Chester. “It should not be in children’s applications.”

Disney has said that the lawsuit is wrong and intends to defend in court. “Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain a strict policy of data collection and use applications created by Disney for children and families,” the company said in a statement Monday.

“The lawsuit is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the principles of the COPPA law, and we look forward to defending this action in the Court.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s online services targeting users under the age of 13 should display a privacy policy that is legible and easy to understand.

The policy should specify the type of information collected and what the service could do with that data. Instructions on how parents can give their consent should also be included.

This is not the first time Disney has been a dispute over alleged violations of COPPA. In 2011, the FTC has penalized a corporate subsidiary Playdom, 3 million after Playdom has registered about 1.2 million users, mostly children, for online games.

The Federal Trade Commission’s ruling said Disney has collected e-mail addresses and the ages of the children and voluntarily allowed them information such as their full names, instant messengers and their physical sites as part of their online profiles.

Many Disney gaming applications are very popular. According to the Google Play Store installed between 100 million and 500 million times “Where is my water 2?”;

97% of cow vigilantes since 2009 struck during the Modi regime: Analysis

97% of cow vigilantes since 2009 struck during the Modi regime: Analysis

It is not a year, the Prime Minister had urged on Tapa-rakshaks (cow-watchers) in clear terms. He did it again last Thursday, but even if he spoke, a mob killed a man suspected of transporting the meat in Jharkhand, which is governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Obviously, it will take much longer than a condemnation from time to time to control the deadly fanatics of Hindu law. The reason is rooted animosity of these groups against the Muslims who are associated mainly with the consumption of beef.

Given that this bias has been instilled for decades by Sangh Parivar led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), it will be futile to expect a change of heart during the night.

However, Narendra Modi should be commended for taking shots against them. No one, inside or outside the BJP would have done.

It is not impossible for his gauge punishment to pass an important part of the Parivar against him, damaging the electoral prospects of the BJP.

But Modi seems to have hesitated to follow a different path from that favored by the Saffron hardiards brotherhood. Although he wants to establish a “Rashtra” (nation) Hindu, while 1,200 years of “slavery” under the Muslims and the British ended, Modi wants to promote India as a modern country with a dynamic economy.

However, this goal can only be achieved if the country remains in the clutches of outlaw groups to lynch those who do not share their respect for the cow.

Given that Modi was able to check some of the excesses of Hindu fundamentalists such as the organization of ‘Ghar Wapsi’ – or the return of the Muslims to their ‘original’ Hindu faith – or to oppose interfaith marriages for their Propaganda “love jihad” it is possible that it could dominate the gauquins.

But unlike the other two “programs” fanatics, a monitoring of the cow will be much more difficult because their runaways refer to the cow, long since a symbol of Hinduism in the eyes of the faithful animals that Believe that it exhales oxygen and its urine has a therapeutic value.

An effort to restrict will be a real test for Modi, much more than the deployment of the tax on goods and services or invitation to invest abroad or the extension of genetically modified foods.

If he fails, there is no doubt that the halo surrounding his character will be significantly reduced not only between the bourgeois hashtag “Not in my name” of the urban middle class, but also among less privileged communities.

These include Dalits, who were alienated by the suicide of a brilliant young investigator in Hyderabad, the lynching of a group that crushes a cow in Gujarat and clashes with Thakurs to castanterie in Saharanpur, U.P.

On the other hand, if the prime minister succeeds – if only because the police will now be much more active in understanding the Hindu fanatics – the image of Modi will receive an extraordinary whipping stroke.

But even if it wins among people in general, the impact of gaukings restrict – one of them was compared to Bhagat Singh for a saffron sadhvi in ​​Rajasthan – the paralyzing parivaires remains uncertain.

Although RSS has warned Hindutva militants against taking the law, the reactions of the most bellicose Hindu World Council (VHP), Bajrang Dal and other groups such as Ram Sene, Hindu Seine Hindu and Mahasabha or may only be less restricted .

For them, any administrative action against the gauks-rakshaks is a betrayal of the Hindutva’s cause, which will bring the BJP Congress “sick” anti-Hindu, left anti-national and liberal.