Study Says Most Kids’ Apps Violate Federal Privacy Laws

Study Says Most Kids’ Apps Violate Federal Privacy Laws

In a recent study called “Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?”, researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of California Berkeley, Stony Brook University, IMDEA Networks and International Computer Science Institute established that most free apps designed for younger users violate federal privacy law by collecting and sharing identifying information.

The researchers examined 5,855 apps available on Google’s Play Store and found that 1,100 sent persistent identifiers to third parties whose terms of service explicitly state it should not receive data from children’s apps. Meanwhile, 256 collected information which can be used to determine the user’s location and 107 shared the device owner’s email address.

 

Source: WGNO

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