Study finds over 3300 Android apps improperly tracking kids


It has become a little more alarming with a recent study showing that there is now a significant portion of family-oriented applications which target children among the demographic of users taking part in the abuse of the information that has unwittingly been shared through the app.

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Almost one in five of the most popular free children- and family-oriented apps in the Google Play store improperly collects "identifiers or other personally identifiable information", a study has found.

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The survey of the technology embedded by Google was financially supported by the National Science Foundation, and was led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CTLC).

Although some potentially violate the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting more data than the law stipulates, legal action may not be in the cards under the current law, even though it limits data collection for kids under 13. It followed the FTC's requirement of "verifiable consent", which meant that developers had to take steps to ensure that people knew what information they were giving up.

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The report lists a number of likely violators, including "NFL Emojis" and "BookMyne".

Josh Golin of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said the research points to a clear need for better COPPA enforcement.

First, be aware of what apps your children are downloading.

Reducing third party access to your information will help you protect more of your digital activity from Google and Facebook.

The product is under testing stage now and is expected to be released on next Google I/O Conference scheduled to be held on 8th May 2018 or atlest the new updates in the version shall be informed. End-users can examine our results to understand the privacy behaviors of the apps they use (or plan to use). Sadly, reports indicate misuse of the collected data and thus causes a line of disagreements within parties of the Google Play system.

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