The Center for Digital Democracy, a public interest group, said it would highlight the lack of regulation in the apps market in a complaint it plans to file Tuesday against the popular virtual-pet game Mobbles.
In its complaint to the FTC, the group plans to allege that when children collect, dress up, and share the toothy, animated Mobbles creatures with their friends, the program collects e-mail addresses, home addresses, locations and other sensitive information without getting permission from parents.
Mobbles, which was launched in May, is rated for ages 4 and older on Apple devices and is promoted widely to owners of Android phones. It is backed by U.S. Venture Partners, an investor group in Silicon Valley, the center said. The firm said Monday that it would take its app off iTunes and Google Play until these issues are addressed.
“We will always do what we believe is best for our users in the long term, and we thank you, our loyal and valued users, for your understanding,” Alexandre Curtelin, co-founder of Mobbles Corp., said in an e-mail statement.