How many kids are using mobile devices that collect device information from them? The Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted to protect children and ensure their information that is collected from a website is protected. Now the government and major companies are working together to update the COPPA to include mobile devices and protect kids from apps that collect very personal information.

The FTC asked many developers to figure out how to provide more information to consumers in order to have them understand what data is being collected from apps. While apps do present a privacy policy before they are downloaded, there is not enough being done to keep people informed about what data is being collected and what is being done with that information.

After studying apps, the FTC found apps would pass along geographical information and phone numbers. The apps collected information and did not disclose what they did with the information. Clearly apps like these need to be addressed and developers need to be more forthcoming in what they are doing with the information they collect.

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