A slew of apps are creepily spying on our kids


Likewise, it can be hard for app store operators like Google to manually inspect apps when there are thousands added per day (over 2,700 per day as of March 2018, according to AppBrain).

Moreover, the app weights around 3MB (2.4MB to be precise) and you can download it from the link given below. The most interesting part, Google has no idea about it.

The study shows that of the 5,855 total apps included in the study, 281 of them collected contact or location data without asking for a parent's permission. "While many of these SDKs offer configuration options to respect COPPA by disabling tracking and behavioral advertising, our data suggest that a majority of apps either do not make use of these options or incorrectly propagate them across mediation SDKs". According to a study, researchers have found that over 3,300 apps designed for Android have been improperly collecting data on children which could potentially violate US COPPA law which limits data collection for kids under the age of 13. Google is not just planning to change its navigation bar in Android P but may also bring the redesigned Gmail interface soon. The method directly violates Google policy as well.

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Besides downloading apps from trusted sources, users must also apply security patches for both the operating system and system applications, he added. But researchers believe that it is up to the regulators to decide.

However, it's up to organisations like the FTC to actually hold the app developers accountable.

But at the same time, the study found that almost a fifth of the apps it looked at were violating Google's terms of service, and the search giant appears not to have noticed. The recent debacle by Facebook with its users' data through third-party apps is a clear sign that authorities find platforms equal guilty for allowing such things taking place on their platforms.

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Now, while the Android fragmentation issue has been discussed every time around, with the blame on OEMs who don't release timely updates for their smartphones, Google has sort of come with a fix in the form of Project Treble. In 2017, the head of the Department of Health's National Data Guardian (NDG) criticised Google for sharing patient data. The latest numbers were compiled form Android devices that accessed the Play Store during seven-day period ending April 16.

"Unlockd's legal counsel has confidence that the threats made by Google to withdraw access and the supply of services in respect of Google Play and AdMob represent an abuse of its dominant position and breach of competition rules", the company said.

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