According to privacy and consumer advocates, more than a year after federal regulators issued privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with software programs that “quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers,” including location data and even voice recordings, the Associated Press reports. The Federal Trade Commission expanded the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in July 2013 to require app developers to get parental consent before collecting data on anyone younger than 13. “Kids are such a lucrative market, especially for apps,” said the Center for Digital Democracy’s Jeff Chester. “Unfortunately, there are still companies out there that are more concerned about generating revenue than protecting the privacy of kids.”
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