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Report on Kids’ Apps Worries Regulators

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

January 3, 2013

Following a report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last month indicating hundreds of popular children’s apps collect or share personal information without parental permission, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a spokesman for Attorney General Nicola Roxon has said apps that breach children’s privacy are “completely unacceptable” and Roxon will ask Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim to “consider using his enforcement and investigative powers to see if any action can be taken.” Pilgrim said the FTC report made him “very concerned.” While the U.S. has laws forbidding website operators and app developers from collecting or sharing the personal information of children under 13 years old, Australia has no such law, the report states.
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