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March 11, 2022

FTC Reaches Settlement with Wellness App Company over Alleged COPPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with WW International, Inc. (Formerly Weight Watchers) and its subsidiary, Kurbo, Inc., over allegations that the companies illegally collected kids’ sensitive health data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). WW International and Kurbo operate a wellness app and website. In a complaint filed by the DOJ on behalf of the FTC, the agency claimed that the app was specifically marketed towards children as young as 8 years old and collected personal information without parental permission. The settlement order requires WW International and Kurbo to delete personal information illegally collected from children under 13, destroy any algorithms derived from the data, and pay a $1.5 million penalty.