BBB National Programs’ Privacy Watchdogs Ensure Azerion’s Compliance with Digital Advertising and Children’s Privacy Best Practices

McLean, VA – March 5, 2024 - BBB National Programs’ Digital Advertising Accountability Program (DAAP) and Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) worked with Azerion Group to bring its gaming website,, into compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for online interest-based advertising (IBA), CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 

Azerion’s website came to the attention of DAAP and CARU through their collaborative monitoring of websites aimed at ensuring compliance with the DAA Principles, CARU’s Guidelines, and COPPA. During this monitoring, similarities were noted between and, a site also run by Azerion that was the subject of a 2021 monitoring case by BBB National Programs. 

Azerion’s site offered free online games through a web browser without requiring a subscription or dedicated application software. Investigation revealed that the site collected—and allowed the third-party collection—of personal information from consumers. The site appeared to target children under 13, meeting the definition of a child-directed website under COPPA. This was evidenced by the prevalence of child-friendly subject matters and language, bright colors, and prominent child-oriented cartoon and video game characters. Because many games did not appear child-oriented and a significant over-13 audience also accesses the site, DAAP and CARU identified this as a mixed audience website. According to DAAP and CARU, also:

  • Allowed U-13 users to register for accounts without a verifiable parental consent (VPC) process.
  • Allowed U-13 users to engage in unmonitored commenting and chat features.
  • Failed to provide age screening technology or a VPC process to differentiate between U-13 and over-13 users.
  • Lacked real-time enhanced notice of third-party IBA collection. 


In response to DAAP and CARU’s inquiry, Azerion conducted a thorough review of its practices to identify areas needing improvement and took several actions to ensure compliance with COPPA, CARU's Privacy Guidelines, and the DAA Principles. 


COPPA and the DAA Sensitive Data Provision  

  • Azerion implemented an age gate on, dividing the site into two subdomains: for users 13 or older with third-party data collection, and for under-13 users without third-party data collection, inappropriate games, or advertising.
  • Azerion removed comment sections, games with in-game chat features, and account registration from to ensure compliance with regulations for any under-13 users who bypass the age gate. 


Enhanced Notice of IBA Website Data Collection 

  • Azerion added an "Ad Choices" link to the footer, directing users to a separate Ad Choice page that fulfills DAA enhanced notice obligations, such as a description of’s third-party IBA practices, links to industry-developed IBA opt-out tools, and a statement of adherence to the DAA Principles. 


In its statement, Azerion said, “We would like to reiterate that Azerion appreciates the Digital Advertising Accountability Program’s and Children’s Advertising Review Unit’s diligent evaluation of our platform as well as our cooperation throughout the process.” 

All BBB National Programs case decision summaries can be found in the case decision library. For the full text of DAAP decisions, visit the DAAP Decisions and Guidance webpage

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