Yelp Settles Children's Privacy Charges with FTC

Yelp Inc., the online customer-review service, said it paid $450,000 to settle a U.S. regulator’s lawsuit accusing it of collecting names and e-mail addresses from children as young as 9 without the consent of their parents. The Federal Trade Commission alleged in its complaint that from 2009 to 2013, San Francisco-based Yelp violated privacy laws by gathering the information from children who signed up for an account and that the company failed to test the age-registration feature on its applications.