Android Apps Violating Children Online Privacy Protection Act

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Thousands of free, popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store could be violating child privacy laws, according to a new, large-scale study, highlighting growing criticism of Silicon Valley's data-collection efforts.

Moreover, the app weights around 3MB (2.4MB to be precise) and you can download it from the link given below.

MOBILETRACKING is creepy enough, but a study has found that some 3,300 Android apps have been potentially illegally tracking kids.

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It is noteworthy that the researchers used an automated tool to analyze the apps which means it is not a "definitive legal liability". "These techniques include not shipping the malicious functionality of an app until a second stage that is triggered by some behavior". According to the Act, proper approval from parents is needed to access the data of children under the age of 13 but without any such consent, protruding the Android security, some data were accessed while some were spread from one system to another through the internet.

Egelman denied that claim, and said that even if it were true, it wasn't relevant to the study. Flanking it, there's just one additional virtual button instead of two, and it's a back button.

Although the FTC did not explicitly state that they would investigate Google's abuse of market dominance, it seems that the FTC inquired whether or not Google committed unfair trade practices as the FTC caught some circumstantial evidence of Google's violations of law.

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"If a robot is able to click through their consent screen which resulted in carrying data, obviously a small child that doesn't know what they're reading is likely to do the same", Egelman said. To conduct the study, researchers modified Android's permission system to enable the real-time monitoring of apps' access to protected resources (like location data, address book contacts, etc.) and instrumented all the functions in the Android platform that access these sensitive resources. Either Google is too lazy to think out-of-the-box with its next major Android release, or it's now taking the fight straight to Cupertino, trying to make iPhone users well at home, so they can effortlessly make the switch.

Google, in 2014, had allowed its users to reset their Android Advertising ID, which gave them better control on how online services track their data. While the Android apps tracking kids' online activity are unethical in their own way, the bigger problem might be with COPPA, which is not stringent enough to check on these possible violations.

It connects your device to an offsite secure server and uses an encrypted connection to keep your data safe on that connection.

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