Android P renew the navigation bar and apps menu

Android P renew the navigation bar and apps menu

The study finds thousands of apps targeted to children were sending data to advertisers, some including Global Positioning System location.

The sad part of the study is that not all companies care about such data-sharing as social media and other platforms were never used in such larger scale before. YouTube, which Google also owns, was is the subject of a complaint filed earlier this month in which privacy groups said it was also violating COPPA.

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There are many duplicates of authentic apps in the Play Store and some are infected with ransomware, which could help hackers to steal your data without you noticing.

Egelman said, "If a robot can click-through their consent screen, which caused the sharing of data, children that do not understand what they are agreeing to can do the same". The study found that many of these apps targeted to kids were violating that law.

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The researchers affiliated with the International Computer Science Institute were able to access "sensitive data protected by Android permissions" from 28 percent of tested apps on Google's virtual shop. The researchers also said that almost half the apps fail to always use standard security measures to transmit sensitive data over the web, suggesting a breach of reasonable data security measures mandated by COPPA. Information collected on children varied from their location data to personal details such as names, email addresses and phone numbers.

Even for mobile games that were launched on One Store, there were cases where games became available on the One Store some period after it was already made available via Google and Apple's app marketplaces. "We observed that 81 of their 82 apps that we tested shared Global Positioning System coordinates with advertisers", the researchers stated in the report. It followed the FTC's requirement of "verifiable consent", which meant that developers had to take steps to ensure that people knew what information they were giving up. After the analysis of over five thousand kids and family focused apps, it is proved that about 19 percent of the apps share sensitive information to third-party services whose terms of services forbid them to use kid's app, as they are engaged in behavioral advertising. Some of these apps include KidzInMind, TabTale's Pop Girls-High School Band, and Fun Kid Racing.

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It's worth noting that the researcher didn't explicitly say the apps were in direct violation of US law, and regulators like the US Federal Trade Commissions would need to decide the level of liability. In 2016, the ad network InMobi was fined United States dollars 1 million for gathering the location of users - including children - without proper consent. Even though Google requires developers to certify compliance, the study found that enforcement was either lacking or non-existent.

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