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If Children’s Data Are Delivered to Strangers, Who’s to Blame?

Aug. 9, 2017, 12:29 PM

More than half the mobile applications in Alphabet Inc.'s Google Play store targeted at kids allegedly don’t adequately protect children’s data, according to researchers. But protecting children’s privacy isn’t just a job for app stores and developers.

Geolocation data, email address, and other personally identifiable information of children under 13 can be shared without parental consent with third-party advertisers through apps on the Google Play store, the researchers said.

One of the researchers, Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy at the University of California, Berkeley, told Bloomberg BNA, that Google should be doing more to ensure that mobile ...