Angry Birds/Rovio Child Data Collection – Case Investigation
Ahdoot Wolfson is investigating potential litigation against Rovio Entertainment Inc., the company that makes the Angry Birds mobile games and owns the Angry Birds franchise, all of which largely targets younger audiences.
Rovio has recently been sued by New Mexico’s Attorney General (AG) over allegations that the company collects and sells personal data of children under the age of 13. The New Mexico AG action alleges that Rovio’s child data collection practices violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA requires companies to get permission from the parents of children under the age of 13 before collecting any personal information about them. In mass-market services for all age groups, companies also have to take steps to make sure they do not collect data for users in that age range.
Rovio has been accused of aggressively targeting young children through the sale of in-game goods, out-of-game media, and merchandise relating to Angry Birds, and monetizing children by surreptitiously exfiltrating their personal information while playing Angry Birds, and then using that personal information for commercial gain.
Rovio’s collection and sale of child data through its Angry Birds games may place children in danger, violate their privacy, and be in violation of state and federal consumer protection and data privacy laws.
If you are a parent with a young child who regularly plays Angry Birds and would like to learn more information about our case investigation, please contact our law firm by filling out the form below and one of our attorneys will promptly contact you.