The Attorney General’s Office in New Jersey filed a lawsuit against 24x7 Digital, a mobile app developer. The developer’s educational games allegedly collect personal information from kids and then sends it to a third party company without telling parents. 24x7 Digital operates “Teach Me,” a series of apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The series includes "Teach Me Kindergarten," "Teach Me First Grade" and "Teach Me Second Grade."
In announcing the lawsuit, the acting director of the division of consumer affairs stated the following:
Under no circumstances is it acceptable to transmit identifying information about toddlers or first and second graders without informed consent of their parents.
If you think there’s no way your child’s information is out there enough to get stolen, consider this; a recent study from Carnegie Mellon of 40,000 children found 10% of them had their identities stolen. According to All Clear ID, ID theft of children under the age of 5 has jumped 105% since last year.
“Our largest case for a child is $750,000 in debt associated with her social security number,” said Jamie May of All Clear ID.
For information on how to protect your child from Identity theft, visit the following links:
- Fighting Back Against ID Theft
- Safeguarding Your Child's Future
- Working to Resolve Identity Theft
- Child Identity Theft