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Senators urge FTC crackdown on child privacy

Joe Mont | October 5, 2018

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, are calling upon the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the practices of app developers, advertising companies, and app stores, after a recent study found that thousands of apps were accessing children’s sensitive data without providing notice or obtaining the required consent. 

In a letter to the FTC, Markey and Blumenthal raised their concern about the large number of children’s apps potentially violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. They also expressed concern about whether parents are being misled when app stores promote certain apps as designed for children, when in fact they are not appropriate for kids. Reports of those alleged violations recently appeared both several academic papers and in the ...

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