More than 3,300 Android apps are improperly tracking kids, study finds

Due to the fact that sometimes app permissions can be a bit technical and because for the average user, they donít know how the app was programmed and why it might need permission to access certain features of our phones. However because sometimes permissions are needed for the app to function, we usually grant it.This has led to problems such as tracking of our data and location sometimes without our knowledge, which is what researchers have recently discovered. According to a study, researchers have found that over 3,300 apps designed for Android have been improperly collecting data on children which could potentially violate US COPPA law which limits data collection for kids under the age of 13.For example during the course of their researcher, the researchers found that 281 of them collected contact and/or location data without asking for a parentís permission. About 1,100 shared identifying information with third-parties, while over 2,000 apps appeared to violate Googleís terms of service that forbids a

More than 3,300 Android apps are improperly tracking kids, study finds

Thousands of family-friendly apps from the Google Play Store are potentially violating federal law, according to a new large-scale study from North American and European universities and organizations.

Wed 18 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Thousands of Android apps are tracking children, study finds

Apps collected personal information, such as a child's location, without asking for parental permission

Mon 16 Apr 18 from The Independent

Thousands of Android apps are tracking children, study finds - CNET

And they're doing so unlawfully, research from the International Computer Science Institute concludes.

Mon 16 Apr 18 from CNET Cutting Edge

Thousands Of Creeper Android Apps Are Improperly Tracking Children According To Study

Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute claim to have discovered thousands of free Android apps on Google Play that track the location of children, serve up targeted ads ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from HotHardware

Thousands of child apps and games potentially violate US data sharing law

A study conducted on child-directed Android apps from US Google Play Store found over half may break US privacy law for under 13sThousands of child-directed Android apps and games are potentially ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from Guardian.co.uk

Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

There's little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than ...

Sun 15 Apr 18 from Engadget

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