FTC Releases Mobile App Report
CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.February 16, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today released a staff report revealing the results of a children's mobile apps survey. According to an FTC press release, the results showed that app stores and app developers are not providing parents with the necessary information to determine how their children's data is being collected, shared and accessed. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said, "Companies that operate in the mobile marketplace provide great benefits, but they must step up to the plate and provide easily accessible, basic information so that parents can make informed decisions about the apps their kids use. Right now, it is almost impossible to figure out which apps collect data and what they do with it."