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FTC Wants Clarity on Child App Data

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Feb 16, 2012, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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