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Study discovers over 3,300 Android apps are tracking kids

Researchers conducted a study among a total of 5,855 apps made for Android and found out that 3,337 child-friendly apps on Google Play were improperly collecting data from kids.

According to a report from, 281 of the participating apps collected contact or location data without asking permission from parents, 1,100 shared identifying data with third parties, while 2,281 appeared to violate Google’s terms of service which forbids apps from sharing identifiers to same Android Advertising ID destination.

The apps that improperly collect data from children might possibly be subjected to violation of the US’ COPPA law which limits data collection from kids below 13.

Regulators such as FTC is to decide whether such apps commit violations.

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