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Parents, check the apps and games your children use on Android mobile devices. Many of the top programs for kids may collect their personal information without parental permission. Unfortunately, even with apps that offer privacy protection by resetting personal information, most still transmit non-resettable hardware information advertisers can use to identify users. A large-scale study discovered that a majority of the most popular free children’s apps in the Google Play Store track information on kids under 13, and thus were potentially in violation of federal COPPA regulations . COPPA, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, is directed at a... Full story

16 April