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The FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation conducted a follow-up survey examining what information kids’ app developers are collecting from users, whom they are sharing it with, and what disclosures they are providing to parents about their practices. The findings will be announced in a series of blog posts, with the first one being released today.
The survey follows up on two FTC 2012 kids’ app surveys, Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures are Disappointing and Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade. These earlier surveys found that many apps shared kids’ information with third parties without telling parents, and that parents had little or no access to information about the apps’ privacy practices.
The findings are part of the third annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) privacy sweep. GPEN is a network of privacy enforcement authorities from around the world that promotes information sharing and international assistance.
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