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.
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.
Sen. Al Franken Wants Apple Music Antitrust Probe
Senator Al Franken believes Apple may be violating antitrust laws with its Apple Music service and has asked the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to look into the company's practices.
FCC and FTC Agree On Investigative Roles
The FCC and FTC today signed a Memorandum of Understanding that defines how the two agencies will work together moving forward. The FCC and FTC have relied on a MOU from 2003 to coordinate on investigations and consumer protection actions.