Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children

Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children. “Some politicians don’t believe the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does enough to protect kids in the modern era, and they’re hoping to update it accordingly. Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley have introduced a bill that would amend COPPA with stricter controls on kids’ data.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Targeted by Consumer Groups Over Children’s Apps

Bloomberg Quint: Google Targeted by Consumer Groups Over Children’s Apps. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google distributes mobile apps for children that are inappropriate for young people and may violate children’s privacy laws, according to a complaint from 22 consumer and privacy groups. Kids’ apps in the Play store on the company’s Android devices can expose children to ads showing alcohol or that promote gambling, while game play might depict dangerous acts, according to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Trade Commission.”

TechCrunch: Oath agrees to pay $5M to settle charges it violated children’s privacy

TechCrunch:
Oath agrees to pay $5M to settle charges it violated children’s privacy
. “TechCrunch’s Verizon-owned parent, Oath, an ad tech division made from the merging of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay around $5 million to settle charges that it violated a federal children’s privacy law. The penalty is said to be the largest ever issued under COPPA.”

CNET: Lawmakers pressure Google to share how YouTube collects, uses kids’ data

CNET: Lawmakers pressure Google to share how YouTube collects, uses kids’ data. “Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, said in their letter that YouTube’s data collection practices ‘may not be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998,’ or COPPA, a federal law regulating user data collection from sites with users under 13 years old.”

Engadget: Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

Engadget: Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids. “There’s little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting kids’ data, potentially putting them in violation of the US’ COPPA law (which limits data collection for kids under 13). Only a small number were particularly glaring violations, but many apps exhibited behavior that could easily be seen as questionable.”

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data.

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data. . “When parents download a learning or gaming app from the ‘Designed for Families’ section of the Google Play store, they likely assume that those apps keep their kids’ data safe. After all, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits website operators and app developers from tracking or collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. Yet that assumption could be wrong.”