February 17th, 2012
FTC Sees Privacy Failings in Mobile Apps for Kids
By Susan Kuchinskas
The Federal Trade Commission today released the results of a staff report complaining that mobile applications for children lack privacy policies and disclosure.
FTC staff examined offerings in the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace, evaluating the apps specifically marketed for children, ranging from books, memory games and stories to flash cards and puzzles.
There were kiddie apps aplenty. Searching for the term “kids,” it found more than 8,000 results in the Apple App Store and more than 3,600 in the Android Marketplace.