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FTC Says App Makers Still Collecting Too Much Kid Data

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Replying to:  UMMM.... by johnhr2   Dec 10, 2012, 12:16 PM

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by Globhead    Dec 10, 2012, 12:48 PM

johnhr2 said:
For one, parents NEED to take the responsibility of their children.

The whole point is that they CAN'T take responsibility if they don't have any way of knowing what an app does.

For two, a kid not in high school should not have a smartphone. [....] a feature phone will work just fine.

I think this assertion is just baseless. Kids should have phones, and many smart phones have the ability to allow parents to control what apps they can access. There is no reason not to let them have a phone which can teach them about using technology, give them ebooks, and give them games to play instead of buying a standalone gaming unit. Unless, of course, the app makers lie about their apps.

For four, cell companies are selling "wireless" home phones were the base station of the phone receive the phone coverage.

I don't understand the purpose of this statement or how it relates to the current subject.

For five, shouldn't we be worried in general about all the data they collect from adults sense they are the ones using these the device the most, and not just minors.

Absolutely, but the minors issue is legally easier to address because they are failing to disclose things which legally they aren't supposed to do at all, vs. the case of an adult in which it is mere failure to disclose something which would otherwise be legal (if creepy and unwanted).

Lastly, why do kids have smartphones in the first place?

So our kids don't all turn 16 or 18 (or whatever age you think is the cutoff) and instantly become totally ignorant users of modern technology. That sort of situation is normally supposed to be avoided.

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