FTC Wants Clarity on Child App Data
The Federal Trade Commission today asked companies that develop mobile applications for children to come clean on their data collecting and storing practices. "Parents generally cannot determine, before downloading an app, whether the app poses risks related to the collection, use and sharing of their children’s personal information," said the FTC in a report released today. To that end, the FTC said it is prepared to launch a six-month investigation of apps developed for children to determine whether or not they violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC wants app developers to come forward and identify what data they are collecting, if/how it is being transmitted, whether or not it is being stored, and whether or not it is being used by or sent to third parties. The FTC is targeting applications that are available in the Android Market and iPhone App Store.
FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today made good on its word to sue Amazon over the company's in-app purchasing policies.
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.
Amazon Refuses to Settle with FTC Over In-App Charges
Amazon has made clear to the Federal Trade Commission that it will not settle with the government over claims it didn't adequately prevent customers from making in-app purchases. Consumers complained that children were able to easily make unwanted in-app purchases from Amazon's Appstore.
Google Settles In-App Purchasing Suit for $19M
Google today agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children.