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    Default FTC Relentlessly Probing iOS, Android Apps Aimed at Children


    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission isn't relinquishing its eagle eye on the mobile app industry. It's a process that MMi has been covering since the start in February 2011.

    At that time, U.S. Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) reached out to the FTC for the first time in order to question Apple's marketing practices of applications for Apple devices, particular with regard to apps aimed at children. The Federal Trade Commission promptly responded, promising to probe Apple's business practices relating to the concerns expressed. "We fully share your concern that consumers, particularly children, are unlikely to understand the ramifications of these types of purchases," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz wrote at the time.

    And this week, the probe continues. On Monday, The U.S. Federal Trade Commission published a fresh report exploring how apps are aimed at kids both in iOS and Android app stores. So what did the FTC find? Perhaps the title of the report says all you need to know: "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade."

    Staff examined hundreds of apps for children and looked at disclosers and links on each app’s promotion page in the app store, on the app developer’s website, and within the app. According to the report, “most apps failed to provide any information about the data collected through the app, let alone the type of data collected, the purpose of the collection, and who would obtain access to the data. Even more troubling, the results showed that many of the apps shared certain information with third parties – such as device ID, geolocation, or phone number – without disclosing that fact to parents. Further, a number of apps contained interactive features – such as advertising, the ability to make in-app purchases, and links to social media – without disclosing these features to parents prior to download.”
    So where do matters - and the investigation - go from here? The FTC says it will continue to probe and even use "non-public investigations to determine whether certain entities in the mobile app marketplace are violating" U.S. Federal laws.

    Put differently, the use of the word "relentlessly" in this article's headline is probably an understatement.

    Source: FTC (via AP)

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    lol, upsidedown

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlke View Post
    lol, upsidedown
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sk8r4life66 View Post
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    Maybe FTC needs to fix first their system problem. What updates available for this issue of Apple apps? A revolutionary study by the Federal Trade Commission has found that credit rating errors are far more common than many realize. Among other conclusions, the FTC found up to 26 percent of Americans have credit rating errors and just over 2 percent of Americans have significant errors.

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