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.
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