FTC Report: Little Progress in Privacy Concerns Surrounding Kids’ Apps

The Federal Trade Commission issued a new staff report, Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade, examining the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and the Apple App stores. Since FTC staff’s first survey of kids’ mobile apps last year, little progress was found toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it.  The report also finds that many of the apps surveyed included interactive features, such as connecting to social media, and sent information from the mobile device to advertising networks, analytics companies, or other third parties, without disclosing these practices to parents. [Read more...]

NTIA to Host Meeting on App Transparency

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will hold its first privacy multi-stakeholder meeting on July 12, to help develop a code of conduct that will promote transparent disclosures to consumers concerning the way companies handle personal data collected through mobile apps. The meeting will take place in the Washington, DC, metro area, at a location to be determined. It will also be broadcast live via webcast.

Following the publication earlier this year of an Obama Administration report regarding online consumer privacy protections, the NTIA was charged with bringing together interested stakeholders—from companies to consumer groups—to develop enforceable codes of conduct to specify how principles within the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights should apply in specific business contexts. Based upon input received from more than 80 stakeholders, the NTIA decided that the first topic for the privacy multi-stakeholder process would focus on transparency and mobile applications.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.