The researchers also said that almost half of the apps fail to always use standard security measures to transmit sensitive data over the Web, suggesting a breach of reasonable data security measures mandated by Coppa.
Researchers at the University of California's International Computer Science Institute analyzed 5,855 of the most downloaded kids apps, concluding that majority are "are potentially in violation" of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act 1998, or COPPA, a federal law making it illegal to collect personally identifiable data on children under 13. Further, the amount of at-risk data is likely higher, as the study notes that it didn't examine if TLS was used correctly, only checking if it was there or not.
"Google has basically looked the other way while it was able to generate revenues off of children's apps", said Centre for Digital Democracy executive director Jeffrey Chester.
"This study, by the authors' own admission, does not claim to identify any actual violation of COPPA".
"The new, alarming report is further evidence that Google is thumbing its nose at the only federal online privacy law that we have".
"Protecting kids and families is a top priority, and our Designed for Families program requires developers to abide by specific requirements above and beyond our standard Google Play policies", Google's statement reportedly reads. Even if the data gathered only contained a string of numbers and letters as part of an identification code, tracking companies could partner with third-party data brokers to connect that code with other slices of information collected - and form a complete user profile to deliver targeted advertising. "It's past time to treat privacy-especially for minors-as the human right it is".
Looking for help keeping your kids private?
Google's distribution numbers suggest that either a lot of people are simply ignoring the updates and using their phones with the older software, or that people are holding on to their older devices for longer, contrary to what the trends make us believe. "Remember, the Internet is written in ink!"
Plane makes emergency landing after engine failure
He said there was a fuel leak in one of the engines when firefighters arrived and a small fire was quickly brought under control. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in Dallas that there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was inspected Sunday.
Bruins Fall to Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 3
Maybe if it were five years ago or so, somewhere near his prime in Montreal, you'd give Plekanec a good chance of it working out. Out of necessity, Toronto head coach Mike Babcock had to come up with a new plan to check Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak.
Michael Cohen represented Sean Hannity
He reappeared slouching in an armchair, drinking a glass of red wine, rubbing his stomach, seemingly experiencing pure bliss. But that didn't stop Kimmel from reveling in the news Monday of Hannity's relationship with Cohen.
Pence NSA Pick Withdraws After Trump Tried to Block Him
Jon Lerner was originally supposed to divide his time between counseling Pence on national security and working with U.N. Once Pence landed, he called Trump to reassure him about Lerner, which his team argued he has done good work for Haley.