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Over half of the 5,000 most popular apps targeted at children under 13 in the Google Play store appear to fail to protect children’s privacy, according research from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). Serge Egelman, research ...

On 17 December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced two COPPA settlements against operators of child-directed mobile apps available for download in major app stores. These are the first cases involving the collection of persis...

In an analysis of 40 websites popular among children, researchers found the majority of them tracked user activity, which may violate the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to COPPA, website operators and mobile app devel...

On 1 August, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed revisions to the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Importantly, the FTC proposes to extend the application of COPPA to third parties collecting personal data (including thr...

On 25 January, the European Commission published a long-awaited proposal to review the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The proposal presented by Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding imposes mandatory parental consent for the collection of any data fro...




Dan Russell-Pinson has designed some of the top educational children’s apps for the iPhone and iPad. Monster Physics is a game that lets kids build virtual contraptions, operated by a customizable furry monster, to complete missions — cl...