Thousands of popular Android apps are covertly tracking kids, study finds

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A team of university researchers and computer scientists, with the help of an automatic assessment of the privacy behaviors of the Android apps, arrived at a conclusion that of the 5,855 apps in the Play Store's Designed for Families program, almost 28 percent accessed the sensitive information protected by Android permissions and almost 73 percent of the applications transmitted the sensitive information over the internet. "The Brick Matcher app is a great tool to find the flawless match for existing brickwork on refurb projects or to ensure a new build "blends in" with surrounding properties, adding kerb appeal and value".

Google measured which versions of Android were used to access the Play Store during the 7-day period ending on April 16, 2018, and found that usage of Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) had grown 4.6 percent from 1.1 percent in early February.

Included within the data, over 2,200 applications were identified to be sharing "persistent identifiers, which breaches Google's terms and conditions by allowing information to be associated with individual users over time, across applications, platforms and even devices".

Activists have been pressuring the Federal Trade Commission in the recent months to take action against a number of large corporations they allege are illegally directing ad-targeting tools at children, including YouTube and Disney. It is said that the FTC is intensively looking into whether there were Android games that were released via only one among Google Play Store and the One Store created by the three Korean mobile careers and Naver.

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Reducing third party access to your information will help you protect more of your digital activity from Google and Facebook. This is a problem since users rely on app stores to scan the apps that they add to listings so that they wouldn't be able to pose such threats.

Golin said he hopes the research spurs parents to think twice before downloading apps for kids. And now, Facebook has come out with a detailed response to relevant questions about the information the company receives from other websites and apps, how Facebook uses that data, and the options users have. It's not as simple as performing an age check or asking for parents' permission. You may also retract consent at any time and ask to have any of the collected data deleted. However, if you already have an Android phone, you can use the new AIY companion app to setup the kits wirelessly.

Up to 235 apps were accessing the phone's Global Positioning System data - 184 of which transmitted the device's location to advertisers, according to the study. If you're curious about the apps your kids use and what information they might be gathering and sharing, check it out.

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