Apple and Google have Eliminated three dating apps from their online Shops after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged the Programs allowed Children as young as 12 to access them.
In a recent correspondence, the FTC warned Ukraine-based Wildec, that functions the apps Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U, that the three relationship apps seemed to be in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act.
“The apps have been removed from the app shops till they tackle the alleged offenses summarized by the FTC,” that the commission stated on Monday.
The relationship programs collected users’ birth dates, email addresses, photographs and real time location information.
While the three apps claimed within their privacy policies to prohibit users under the age of 13, the apps failed to block users who indicated they had been under 13 from utilizing the programs and by being contacted by other users of their programs.
In its overview of these programs, FTC staff discovered users who indicated they were as young as 12.
“Allowing adult users to communicate with children poses a severe health and safety threat. Several individuals have allegedly faced criminal charges for allegedly contacting or trying to contact minors with Wildec’s programs,” said FTC.
The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires companies collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 to post privacy policies and also to notify parents and get their verifiable consent before collecting, using, or sharing personal information from a kid.
The FTC also issued a consumer alert for parents regarding the dating apps.