Agency launches investigations of cellphone apps to determine if children's privacy violated

  • Article by: RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 12:44 AM
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beebee82Dec. 10, 1210:35 AM

I'm all about privacy rights, but I don't understand how these phone companies are supposed to know when their devices are given to children. As a parent and knowing about all of the problems associated with cell phones these days (distracted driving, bullying, cheating on tests, having yet another device perpetually attached to ear/face — and now this) I have decided my children can wait to have a cell phone until they are old enough to pay the monthly bill. They may think I'm cruel and barbaric, but I seemed to have survived high school without sending 400 texts a day.

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balderdashedDec. 10, 1211:27 AM

Phone companies may not know who is actually using their devices. But software companies who design and market apps for children -- and who are the subject of this investigation -- certainly know if their apps have the capacity to collect data from their child customers, and what data is being collected. If they're breaking the law, or the laws aren't adequate, we need to ensure that the penalties are tough enough to help keep our kids safe.

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