Thousands of Android apps improperly tracking kids’ activities

While everyone’s in an uproar about Facebook accounts get skimmed for data, a new examine claims that thousands of Android apps are in breach of standards for monitoring kids’ behavior online.

The study, which comes from researchers at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA, analyzed 5,855 of the most popular free Android apps targeted at children and families. The squad detected its results with an automatic exam that detects how data is handled in Android apps.

Shockingly, a total of 57 percent of the apps examined appeared to be in potential violation of COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act( COPPA ), a 1998 statute that appears to safeguard the privacy of users under the age of 13.

Part of the potential violations at hand include the nugget that 92 percent of the 1,280 apps that plug into Facebook’s API may be using it for activities prohibited by COPPA.

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