Yelp Pays $450,000 FTC Fine For COPPA Violation

Most social networks want to attract teen users -- but the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act makes doing so a potential legal liability.


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Teens are a prime target for most social networks. Their numbers can boost a user base quickly, and they bring a lot of content with them. The trend has even been lampooned by The Onion. But minors — especially those under the age of 13 — have greater protections under the law, and it’s laws like these that have resulted in Yelp paying a $450,000 fine to the FTC.

A statement from the FTC outlines why Yelp was forced to pay the civil fine, along with mobile app developer TinyCo, which was fined $300,000.

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