Thousands of Android apps on the Google Play Store are spying on children, says a new study. According to the researchers, these applications collect the personal data of their users before sharing them with other applications intended to generate advertising revenues. More than half of the Android apps reviewed violate the law on the protection of the personal data of the youngest!
According to a new study by researchers at the International Computer Science Institute, nearly 3,337 family Android apps, mostly for the youngest and available on the Google Play Store, collect, without the parents’ knowledge, the personal data of their family. children. “We based on the most popular apps in the Play Store,” says the study. Some of the best known include Duolingo, Fun Kid Racing, Gameloft’s Minion Rush, Disney’s Where’s My Water, and Pop Girls-High School Band.
Google Play Store: thousands of Android applications are accused of spying on children!
The researchers tested 5,855 Android apps on the Google Play Store and the results are final:
281 of these applications collect the location of each user without asking for parental permission.
1,100 applications (or 19% of the applications studied) share personal data with other third-party applications, which would use this information for “behavioral advertising”.
2,281 apps do not follow the Google Play Store’s password sharing rules. The study accuses these applications of crossing information on the same individual without informing him.
40% of these applications share the personal information of its users on the internet in an unsecured way.
The study also took a close look at applications that require access to Facebook. Of the 1,280 apps reviewed, 92% of them are using the social networking tools to protect children under 13 years old. According to the researchers, 57% of the apps they tested violate the US COPPA law protecting the privacy of children. For the moment, Google has not yet wished to react to these alarming figures.
The issue of personal data has been in the news in recent weeks since Facebook has been accused of negligence in the Cambridge Analytica case. In response to the controversy, many companies have reassured their customers about the confidentiality of their data. Free has thus assured that it does not collect the personal data of its subscribers, while Orange has promised that it will not exploit them. How will Google react? Are you worried about the privacy of your children?