Android Apps violating “Children Online Privacy Protection Act”


COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act) requires parental consent before collecting information about children online but more than 3000 apps on Google Play Store are at risk of violating this act, a new study just revealed.


Based on a survey of 5,855 apps popular among children, over 3300 apps were suspected of violation and 281 of which were clearly violating this law. More than 2000 apps even violated Google’s Service Terms and Facebook rules regarding restricted purposes in sharing and transmitting information of under 13 children while 40% of 5855 apps didn’t use any security while transmitting the data. This study has clearly identified the loopholes which needs to be covered in order to comply with COPPA.

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