FTC Investigating Kids Apps Over Privacy Concerns

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  1. macrumors bot



    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released a report examining apps aimed at children on the App Store and the Google Play marketplace. The report, entitled Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade, is a followup from a survey of kids' apps performed in 2011 that also looked at privacy policies and other practices for apps aimed at children.
    It's not just a report that the FTC is issuing -- the Commission is going further, launching "non-public investigations to determine whether certain entities in the mobile app marketplace are violating" Federal law.

    It's unclear where the investigations will lead, but it isn't the first governmental look into the privacy policies of apps. The state of California recently sued Delta Air Lines over its iOS app, claiming that Delta hasn't provided a sufficient privacy policy for the app. The company has such a policy for its web site, but not a separate one that addresses the Fly Delta app.

    The Federal Trade Commission has been very active in the tech and Apple worlds for years. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) asked the FTC to examine the practices of photo uploads to app developers earlier this year, and the FTC has previously examined the practice of a PR-firm arranging fake app reviews of App Store games.

    Article Link: FTC Investigating Kids Apps Over Privacy Concerns
  2. macrumors newbie

    Google data mining children....nothing wrong with that!
    Poor google get such a hard time for such a credible organization.
  3. macrumors 601


    This article is not about Google.
    Good reading comprehension!
  4. Renzatic, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors G3


    What does Google have to do with this? I didn't see a single mention of them anywhere in the article...

    edit:...okay, at the very top.
  5. macrumors 601


    You must be reading a different article than the rest of us.
  6. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    When all these app stores started gaining popularity in 2008 and 2009 they called it a gold rush for developers.

    Predictably, the gold rush has led to a sort of wild west where there are very few sheriffs.

    Ah well, like all other forms of media, eventually apps will all be consolidated and bought up by Disney and Viacom and that will solve that. :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 601


    Nah that would be you as usual.
  8. macrumors 601


    Try the very first sentence in the very first post of this thread. :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors G3


    I glanced through the AP link, and the closest anyone comes to mentioning Google is...

    Unless you think the phrase "privacy concerns" is an automatic bash against Google specifically, the article is more about the apps in general on both platforms.
  10. macrumors 601


    Hey kids, get your free ice cream here!

  11. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    So I guess you just read the first 20 words and decided to take a break?

    Man, are you gonna be surprised when you come back with your snack and start back with the 21st word in the article.
  12. macrumors 601


    Well then this is about Apple just as much... :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 6502

    it's as easy as taking candy from a baby.
  14. macrumors newbie

    I don't see how the apps for kids fall outside of the normal app privacy terms and conditions set in the iTunes store.
  15. macrumors 601


    This is about apps...
  16. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    In both Apple's store and Google's store.

    How can you talk about things in a store and say it has nothing to do with the stores?
  17. macrumors 601


    The logic behind the dessert analogies for Android versions (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, etc.) is finally becoming clear.
  18. macrumors 601


    Because the first comment that I quoted was referring to Google specifically data mining children
  19. macrumors G3


    Man, this thread went from zero to stupid faster than usual...
  20. macrumors 6502


    This is not a regulatory issue but a parenting issue...
  21. macrumors 68030


    But you said this article has nothing to do with Google, when in fact, it does.
  22. macrumors 601


    Nah, I said the article wasn't about Google

    The article is about apps
  23. macrumors 65816


  24. macrumors 68020


    At least for the United States:

    Comic Books have the Comics Code Authority.
    Movies have the MPAA.
    Video Games have the ESRB.
    Apps have ratings, although they're publisher decided.

    Comic Books, Movies and Video Games don't generally need privacy ratings, but it turns out that Apps need a privacy rating. I bet this is coming sooner rather than later.
  25. macrumors 601


    Parents are supposed to sift through app code to determine whether any data collection is being done? :confused:

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