In a recent report examing apps aimed at children on the App store and the Google Play store titled ‘Mobile apps for Kids: Disclosures still not making the grade’, the U.S Federal Trade Commision examined privacy policies and other practices for apps aimed at kids. According to the report, “most apps failed to provide any information about the data collected through the app, let alone the type of data collected, the purpose of the collection, and who would obtain access to the data’. This sounds ambiguous at best. To add to the woes, apparently many of the apps shared certain information with third parties – such as device ID, geolocation, or phone number – without disclosing that fact to parents.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is running a regulatory session on Apple’s app Store developers agreement. Meanwhile, an interesting turn took up when regulators from European Union joined in. The whole issue began when Apple in April, adjusted its agreement wording in a way that outright barred developers from using third-party