Privacy group files complaint against kids' mobile game maker

Mobbles collects information without parental consent and encourages kids to 'wander' their neighborhoods, complaint says

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

The Mobbles company said early Tuesday that it had not yet received official notice of the CDD complaint. "Thus it is impossible for us to respond in any intelligent way to allegations that we have neither seen nor analyzed in full," the company said in a statement. "Mobbles is committed to providing our users with the most positive experience possible. We're gamers ourselves and take the privacy of our users extremely seriously."

The company has taken the game offline to post a clearer privacy policy and review its privacy practices, the company said. The company has never stored any location data and doesn't share data with third parties, it added.

Mobbles has been available since May in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The game has ranked among the top 100 grossing entertainment apps in the Apple App Store in 24 countries and the top 10 in 10 countries, CDD said.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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