HyperBeard, Inc.

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Case Status:
Pending
United States of America, on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. HyperBeard, Inc., a corporation; and Alexander Kozachenko and Antonio Uribe, individually and as officers of HyperBeard, Inc.; Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number:

192 3109

Civil Action Number:

3:20-cv-03683

Enforcement Type:

Civil Penalties

Federal Court:
Northern District of California

Case Summary

HyperBeard, a developer of apps that are popular with children has agreed to pay $150,000 and to delete personal information it illegally collected from children under 13 to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations. In a complaint filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC, the Commission alleges that HyperBeard, Inc. violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule) by allowing third-party ad networks to collect personal information in the form of persistent identifiers to track users of the company’s child-directed apps, without notifying parents or obtaining verifiable parental consent. The ad networks used the identifiers to target ads to children using HyperBeard’s apps.