Android Apps Illegally Track Children
A new study from UC Berkeley claims that thousands of free Android apps are tracking children and violating the data-privacy laws meant to protect them. Serge Egelman co-author of the report explains that “These problems are rampant, and it’s resulting in kids being exposed to targeted advertising and automatic profiling that could be illegal.”
The study found that 57 percent of apps reviewed violated child protection laws. On the heels of the Facebook’s data privacy issues, the findings generate concern over collecting and sharing user data. A primary issue involved collecting user data without parental consent, and then sharing sensitive information with 3rd party vendors.
The report was published this past week in the academic publication Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies.