A slew of apps are creepily spying on our kids

A slew of apps are creepily spying on our kids

After developing an automated testing tool, researchers scanned nearly 6,000 family- and child-oriented Android applications in Google Play to identify possible issues in their data privacy policy.

The team found a majority of the potential COPPA violations stemmed from lazy app-building.

The specialists of "Doctor Web" found in Google Play a malicious Trojan virus which is a mobile app.

Researchers said that based on their analysis, most applications didn't break COPPA directly, but mainly due to the inclusion of software development kits (SDKs), which often collected this data automatically for the SDK makers, sometimes without the parent app collecting any data at all. The app's developers, Tiny Lab Productions, said in an email that its apps are "directed for families", and not children, because "we see that grownups and teens plays our games".

It added: "Unlockd's legal counsel has confidence that the threats made by Google to withdraw access and the supply of services in respect of Google Play and AdMob represent an abuse of its dominant position and breach of competition rules".


However, the report does suspect that "many privacy violations are unintentional and caused by misunderstandings of third-party SDKs".

The reason for uncertainty regarding the exact numbers is because there is no concrete, widely agreed upon criteria for determining what apps are for children. And now, Facebook has come out with a detailed response to relevant questions about the information the company receives from other websites and apps, how Facebook uses that data, and the options users have. I know it's a pain, but that is the only way you will know what the company plans to do with your child's information.

Launched past year, Google's AIY Projects are simple hardware kits for building AI-powered devices like an Assistant speaker and a camera with image recognition capabilities.

Up to 235 apps were accessing the phone's Global Positioning System data - 184 of which transmitted the device's location to advertisers, according to the study. If you want to get a little more specific, just visit Google's webpage detailing the most important Oreo revisions and enhancements.

Instead of the simple triangle/circle/square that we're all so used to, you'll find a small horizontal pill shape where the circle home button used to sit, and that's not.

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