Major tech groups like ACT the App Association have sent a joint letter to US Congress in support for the International Communications Privacy Act. How exactly it will benefit in the long run is something that we will figure out over the next few months.
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. Some of the apps named in the report include KidzInMind, TabTale's "Pop Girls-High School Band", and Fun Kid Racing.
But Mapbox's system, an amalgamation of 130 data sources, is appealing to some developers because it allows greater customization, Chen said.
According to the "Korea Mobile Internet Industry Report 2017" published last month by the Korea Mobile Internet Business Association, Google Play accounted for around 60.7 percent of mobile app content sales previous year, with most of the revenue coming from mobile games. The findings also suggested that app creators that had been certified as COPPA-compliant were no better than any of the other apps at protecting children's privacy. It has an app drawer which you can access by swiping up the screen.
Facebook updates with post on logged-out data collection
Other companies, including Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ), Pinterest and LinkedIn (NASDAQ: MSFT ) have similar setups, Facebook says. To make login processes simpler, some websites allow users to log in to their platform using their Facebook credentials.
"Given the number of children's apps and a complex third-party ecosystem, analysis at scale is important to properly understand the privacy landscape", the study's conclusion added.
Google should be more active in the vetting process for COPPA compliance.
It's worth noting that the researcher didn't explicitly say the apps were in direct violation of US law, and regulators like the US Federal Trade Commissions would need to decide the level of liability. They found that few apps are actually certified under Safe Harbor and of those that are "potential violations are prevalent".
There is hope, however. "Overall, roughly 57% of the 5,855 child-directed apps that we analysed are potentially violating Coppa". Thus, for now, all parents could do is to make sure that their children are using apps safely and logged in carefully.
Go ahead, delete Facebook.
When Facebook admitted that Cambridge Analytica, a right-wing data firm, had stolen millions of profiles, it was just the beginning of a series of revelations, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been forced to admit his company profiles people who don't even use Facebook and that it attempts to predict what users do next on the site to cater to advertisers. I've already seen tutorials ...