FTC Says App Makers Still Collecting Too Much Kid Data
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today published a report on its findings concerning mobile applications used by children. The FTC concludes that app makers, handset makers, and network operators have not made much progress in protecting the information of children. Specifically, the FTC says app makers are not proving parents with enough information about the type of data being collected, nor what is done with that data. Many of the apps are transmitting data — including location details — to the developer, advertisers, and analytic firms. "Our study shows that kids' apps siphon an alarming amount of information from mobile devices without disclosing this fact to parents," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a statement. "All of the companies in the mobile app space, especially the gatekeepers of the app stores, need to do a better job." In response, the Obama administration said it plans to investigate the makers of these apps to see if they are violating privacy laws regarding minors.
Google to Refresh YouTube Kids with Better Parental Controls
Google today said it plans to release a new version of YouTube Kids that will address some complaints about the app. The intent behind YouTube Kids was to give younger views a simpler way to watch videos curated for education and entertainment purposes.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Amazon Held Responsible for Kids' In-App Purchases
A federal judge says Amazon deserves to be on the hook for charges rung up by children on mobile devices. Consumers complained it was too easy for children to spend money on in-app purchases without proper authorization.
Activists Say YouTube for Kids Has Too Many Ads
Google released a supposed kid-friendly version of YouTube in February, and it has already raised the ire of advocacy groups. Consumer protection organizations asked the FTC to investigate the app for its deceptive and unfair advertising practices.
For two, a kid not in high school should not have a smartphone.
For three, if a child is a home a lot and need a phone a feature phone will work just fine.
For four, cell companies are selling "wireless" home phones were the base station of the phone receive the phone coverage.
For five, shouldn't we be worried in general about all the data they collect from adults sense they are the ones using these the device the most, and not just minors.
Lastly, why do kids have smartphones in the first place?
For one, parents NEED to take the responsibility of their children.
The whole point is that they CAN'T take responsibility if they don't have any way of knowing what an app does.