A study conducted on child-directed Android apps from Google Play Store found over half may break US privacy law for under 13sThousands of child-directed Android apps and games are potentially violating US law on the collection and sharing of data on those under 13, research has revealed. A study conducted on 5,885 child-directed Android apps from the US Play Store, which are included in Google’s Designed for Families programme, found that well over half of the apps potentially violated the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa). The researchers found that 28% of the apps accessed sensitive data protected by Android permissions and that 73% of the tested apps transmitted sensitive data over the internet. The researchers also analysed whether apps with potential Coppa violations were part of the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Safe Harbor programme, under which developers submit their apps for certification that they are Coppa-compliant. They found that few apps are actually certified under Safe Harbor and of those that are “potential violations are prevalent”.
Source: The Guardian April 16, 2018 12:36 UTC