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.
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.
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.
T-Mobile to Explore Settlement with FTC Over Cramming
T-Mobile has signaled to the Federal Trade Commission it is interested in reaching a settlement regarding accusations it unfairly profited from bogus charges foisted onto customers' bills. The FTC sued T-Mobile over its cramming practices, despite T-Mobile's attempts to preempt such legal action by banning premium content and offering refunds to customers.