Swiss Game Developer Settles FTC Allegations Over COPPA Safe Harbor Claims
On May 19, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it reached an agreement with Swiss digital game developer Miniclip, S.A. (“Miniclip”) to settle allegations that Miniclip misled consumers about its membership in a COPPA safe harbor program.
Under COPPA, the FTC may approve self-regulatory safe harbor programs that implement the protections of the FTC’s final COPPA Rule. Where a company complies with an approved safe harbor program, it is deemed to comply with COPPA.
Under the proposed settlement, Miniclip is prohibited from misrepresenting its membership in or compliance with any privacy or security program sponsored by a government or self-regulatory organization. In addition, Miniclip is subject to compliance and recordkeeping requirements.
The FTC voted 5-0 to accept the consent agreement with Miniclip.