Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids


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By Jon Fingas,  Engadget - April 15, 2018

Originally appeared here in engadget


They may be violating a US law protecting kids' privacy.

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 you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting kids' data, potentially putting them in violation of the US' COPPA law (which limits data collection for kids under 13). Only a small number were particularly glaring violations, but many apps exhibited behavior that could easily be seen as questionable. Click here to read more.