Children's Apps Need Privacy Policing, says FTC


"We do not ask users to provide any information and we do not collect any information about users, their devices or usage of our mobile applications," Caroline Hu Flexer, the co-founder of the company told ABC News. However, while that policy is listed on its website, it is buried in the applications. Hu Flexer said the company would appreciate more flexiblity in the app store to display privacy policies.

Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, is calling for the same thing.

"Anything that developers can do to make privacy controls and permission settings more prominent and easier to navigate is helpful to parents and to users in general," he said.

And that's the message of the week. This FTC report along with the issues earlier surrounding application data storage without user's knowledge has privacy advocates calling for Google, Apple and the application developers to promptly start providing simpler and more obvious disclosures. And that's not just for the sake of the kids.

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