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Mobile Apps Under Scrutiny: Is Your Kid’s Privacy at Risk?

by Andrea Smith, mashable.com

When your kids play Angry Birds or Motion Math on a mobile device, you most likely know where they are and what they’re doing. Did you know the app maker may have that info as well?

The FTC says app developers are making little progress when it comes to protecting your kid’s privacy. According to a new report, app developers aren’t telling parents what kind of data is being collected and who has access to it.

Some of the issues that worry parents are direct advertising to kids, the ability to geo-locate them and the capability of in-app purchasing.

Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review, agrees. He tells Mashable “many free apps are nothing more than sophisticated commercials that mix high interest play patterns like raising animals with hooks to collect information….”

via Mobile Apps Under Scrutiny: Is Your Kid’s Privacy at Risk?.

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This entry was posted on January 12, 2013 by in Apps, Children, Security, Youth and tagged , , , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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