Originally posted on CBS Philly:
By Michelle Durham
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — The Obama administration has ordered the Federal Trade Commission to investigate software companies who make smartphone applications, in an effort to determine whether the privacy rights of children are being violated.
In its random examination of 400 smartphone apps designed for children, the FTC says most failed to inform parents about data the app gathered and who could access it.
FTC officials did not specify which companies they are investigating, but in a statement they describe the marketplace for mobile applications as a “digital danger zone.”
At the heart of the issue is whether the apps your child downloads onto a cell phone are quietly collecting information such as his or her physical location and the phone numbers of their friends, and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers.
FTC associate director Jessica Rich says while they can’t say what’s in the minds…
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