Study finds over 3300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

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For Korea, where more than 90 percent of the population uses mobile devices running on Google's Android operating system, Google Play dominates the app marketplace ecosystem.

The threat of Android ransomware has been growing at an alarming rate.

The reputation of Android apps has always been questioned when it comes to security.

In Singapore, detection of Android ransomware has increased by 500 per cent from 2017.

While the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has yet to receive reports from users here of fake mobile apps containing malicious codes, the deputy director of its National Cyber Incident Response Centre, Mr Douglas Mun, urges users to exercise caution when downloading apps. In fact, NCsoft's Lineage M and Netmarble's Lineage 2 Revolution, which ranked first and second in sales of mobile games past year, were released in Google'sPlay Store and Apple's App Store but not in One Store. Kids who download game or language apps face an even tougher time understanding what they are giving up in exchange.

The most troubling findings were that almost 256 apps collected geolocation data without parental permission, 107 shared user's email address and 10 of them shared phone numbers.

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It is noteworthy that the researchers used an automated tool to analyze the apps which means it is not a "definitive legal liability". However, researchers could not verify the same for iOS apps, most likely due to the closed loop nature of Apple's ecosystem.

Only a week after it was alleged that YouTube violated U.S. laws that protect children's online privacy, a study has claimed a majority of popular free children's apps in the Google Play Store are also in breach of these rules.

We contacted Google for comment but the search giant has yet to respond.

The researchers found many were not complying with COPPA because they did not attain "verifiable parental consent".

Through new machine learning models and techniques, 99 per cent of apps with abusive content were identified and rejected before anyone could install them.

The numbers for Android Oreo users are still disappointingly low.

According to the mobile app industry, on April 15, the FTC is now conducting a survey of Korean mobile game developers and distributorson fair trade on mobile game distribution platforms. We have them now on several Android devices and we're expecting flagship devices like the OnePlus 6 to come with a notch as well.

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