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FTC looks at mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns

Publié par Clifford Armion le 12/11/2012

Cecilia Kang

Hundreds of popular smartphone and tablet apps aimed at children are collecting personal data and sharing it without informing parents, a new federal study said Monday.
Developers of these software programs offered misleading privacy policies or buried their practices in fine print, the Federal Trade Commission found after testing 400 leading apps sold in the mobile stores run by Apple and Google.
The findings come ahead of a landmark vote at the FTC on new online child privacy rules that aim to curb companies from tracking pre-teens on mobile devices. The agency and the Obama administration have pushed for stronger protections for children who are spending more time than ever online, thanks largely to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in homes and schools.
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"FTC looks at mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 17/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/ftc-looks-at-mobile-apps-firms-over-child-privacy-concerns