Study Finds Over 3300 Android Apps Have Been Tracking Kids

Over 3300 Android Apps on Google Play Store Are Improperly Tracking Kids

The study raises the question of whether industry self-regulation is enough.

More than 1000 apps were added in a single day in Google Play Store.

"The existence of ViperRAT and Desert Scorpion on Google Play showcases that actors are continuing to "tune" their malware to get past early stage detections and make it into first-party app stores", Flossman told the publication via email. The FCT reportedly confirmed whether or not employees of an app market requested game developers not to register their games in other app markets and whether or not game developers received special favors or disadvantages with respect to the matter. But why exactly? There are several changes that the new USA administration ...

Up to 235 apps were accessing the phone's Global Positioning System data - 184 of which transmitted the device's location to advertisers, according to the study.

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Fun Kid Racing alone has more than 10 million downloads, according to the app page. The study shows, however, that actually enforcing the law can be tricky. Even so, they stressed that Google should be more active in the vetting process for COPPA compliance.

If you have a better understanding of how good your children really are with computers and technology, then you will be better able to teach them about how to be safe online. This webpage allows developers to choose which Android devices they don't want installing their app, mainly for compatibility reasons.

About 40% of the apps were found sharing personal information without implementing reasonable security measures and 18.8% were guilty of sharing persistent identifiers with third parties for prohibited purposes.

The Federal Trade Commission of United States had warned BabyBus in 2014, for potential collection of geolocation data. This study is just a small look, and the entire picture is yet to be seen. As it relates to COPPA, the aforementioned gray area and daunting task of enforcement seem to be strong-enough deterrents to not prosecute potential violators.

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There is hope, however.

In an attempt to not be suspended from Google's services, Unlockd has taken out an injunction against the online advertising giant in the UK High Court and is threatening to report the company for uncompetitive behaviour to various competition regulators including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commissioner for Competition.

So far, three apps have been identified to fall into this category and they have since been removed from the Google Play Store. After testing 1.8 million apps, he found nearly 20,000 featured built-in passwords and keys, and even when a separate password store was used, user data was still open to attack from simple password crackers.

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