Mobile apps are harvesting preschool kids' data
US researchers took a look at 451 apps used by 124 preschool kids on Android devices, and found 303 (around two thirds) of the apps were sending identifiable data to third parties, some to as many as 33 of them. Older children, those with their own devices, or those from lower-education households were likely to be at higher risk of potential privacy violations, the researchers found. Fewer than one in ten of the kids were using apps that didn't pass their data to third parties, the scientists say, suggesting violations of child digital privacy laws are commonplace among app developers.
Journal/conference: JAMA Pediatrics
Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3345
Organisation/s: University of Michigan, USA
Funder: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Healthand Development, the National Science Foundation and the Michigan Institute
for Clinical & Health Research (University of Michigan).
Data Collection, Sharing Practices of Apps Played by Young Children
What The Study Did: Researchers investigated data collection and sharing practices of mobile apps played by preschool-age children and the associated sociodemographic characteristics of the children.