Yelp will pay $450,000 to settle claims that it collected children’s information without their parents’ consent, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg signed off Monday on a civil penalty and injunction to which the parties previously stipulated.
It has been just under a week since the Justice Department filed its Sept. 16 action against Yelp under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, alleging that it collected children’s information with its mobile app.
The app allows users to register for new accounts but does not have a screening mechanism to prevent kids from registering. Information collected by the app includes full names, email addresses and ZIP codes.