Disney, accused of spying on children through games


Disney, accused of spying on children through games

Disney has got into trouble. Last week a lawsuit was filed in a California court, claiming the Walt Disney Company is violating privacy laws.

Why? Because according to The Verge has reported, a total of 42 applications of their own would be collecting personal information. And not only that but also shared with the advertisers. All without the knowledge of the parents or guardians.

But what would be behind the demands? The data provided by The Verge reveal that the three companies accused are Upsight, Unity, and Kochava, in addition to Disney. These are the owners of mobile applications aimed at children who, according to this medium, would include software to control the movements of children.

What The Verge says is that these apps would crawl, collect, and then export information about user behavior to advertising-related businesses.

One of the plaintiffs is named Amanda Rushing. It is a San Francisco woman who claims not to know that the game was collecting information from her son while playing Disney Princess Palace Pets. Nor did I know that these data were allegedly sold to third parties with the aim of better targeting advertising.

Games or applications

These are the games or applications that appear on demand

The lawsuit includes a list of 42 Disney applications or games. These would be those, according to reports The Verge, would be collecting information from users, in this case, children, to supposedly sell it to their advertisers: 

  • AvengersNet
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Perfect Match
  • Cars Lightning League
  • Club Penguin Island
  • Color by Disney
  • Disney Color and Play
  • Disney Crossy Road
  • Disney Dream Treats
  • Disney Emoji Blitz
  • Disney Gift
  • Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!
  • Disney LOL
  • Disney Princess: Story Theater
  • Disney Store Become
  • Disney Story Central
  • Disney Magic Timer
  • Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures
  • Dodo Pop
  • Disney Build It Frozen
  • DuckTales: Remastered
  • Frozen Free Fall
  • Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot
  • Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe
  • Inside Out Thought Bubbles
  • Maleficent Free Fall
  • Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions
  • Moana Island Life
  • Olaf’s Adventures
  • Palace Pets in Whisker Haven
  • Sofia the First Color and Play
  • Sofia the First Secret Library
  • Star Wars: Puzzle DroidsTM
  • Star WarsTM: Commander
  • Temple Run: Oz
  • Temple Run: Brave
  • The Lion Guard
  • Toy Story: Story Theater
  • Where’s My Mickey?
  • Where’s My Water?
  • Where’s My Water? 2
  • Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object


Disney defends itself

According to this class action, the applications violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which is the law that protects children’s privacy when accessing networks in the United States.

The law requires application developers to obtain parental consent if children are under 13 years of age when storing personal information. Advertisers are also required to comply with the rules. What these parents demand is that all 42 Disney applications stop tracking, collecting and sharing private user data. Not without parental consent.Disney has been blunt in this regard. He explained that his applications and products comply with current legislation and that they will defend themselves from what is exposed in court.

Author: Sarita Shinde