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

Is it legal to do so?

Researchers tested 5,885 apps in Google's Designed for Families program and found that 57 percent of them potentially violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The study also discovered that 1,100 of these apps (that's 18.8 percent) send data using a software development kit that is not meant to be used with kids apps, and whose terms of service forbid it. Usage of Android KitKat (4.4) fell from 12.0 percent in February to 10.5 percent in April and usage of Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) slipped from 5.0 percent to 4.5 percent.

According to the researchers, numerous apps might be breaching the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in the USA, which is supposed to regulate how mobile apps, games and websites are allowed to collect and process personal information from children under the age of 13. Unfortunately, it seems more than half of the apps directed at younger users are simply ignoring this particular law, which is actually criminal behavior.

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The information is based on data collected over a seven day period. The CEO of Tiny Labs Productions, Jonas Abromaitis said that the researchers must have registered the age above 13 during the study.

Once you've done that, you can fiddle with the sensitivity, button size, and show time which adjusts how affects how accurately the orientation detection will be for the button to show up, how big the button will be, and how long it'll stay on the screen respectively. Still, most of those apps "either do not make use of these options" or use them incorrectly.

Concerns regarding data privacy have come into sharp focus after Cambridge Analytica was found to have used millions of user data sourced from Facebook and other apps using Facebook login. Moreover, the study illustrates the challenges that Google faces while enforcing child-focusing laws and COPPA. You can, of course, go back to portrait mode by doing the opposite action, or you can turn this off entirely by just enabling auto-rotation mode. 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. Thus, for now, all parents could do is to make sure that their children are using apps safely and logged in carefully.

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