Privacy concern for children as apps share personal data

Late last year, the Sunday Age reported about the instance of smartphone and tablet apps sharing uer information, including location and phone numbers with third party sources.

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim told Fairfax Media he was “very concerned” following the release of a US Federal Trade Commission study on children’s apps this month, which reported that hundreds of the most popular apps failed to provide parents with basic information about their data collection practices.

The report said the apps often transmitted the precise location and unique serial code of a mobile device as well as the phone number and other personal details to app developers, marketers and advertisers. This information could be then used to find, contact or track children across different apps or websites without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

Read the whole report here.

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