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Citing the International Computer Science Institute research (ICSI), it said that more than half of 5,855 Android apps on Google Play were potentially violating U.S. privacy laws that protect children under 13 from invasive data collection. YouTube, which Google also owns, was is the subject of a complaint filed earlier this month in which privacy groups said it was also violating COPPA. But the authors contest that the sheer number of apps with tracking works indicated that non-compliance was widespread and that their sample was big enough to be representative of the wider app economy.

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

According to the study, 28% of the apps reviewed accessed sensitive data protected by Android permissions. The study found that many of these apps targeted to kids were in violation of that. "Surveillanceware is able to hide its malicious functionality in the noise of social networking and chat apps because they request numerous same permissions".

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Consider, for example, the developer BabyBus, which has produced countless mobile games for kids under the age of six, including "Baby Panda Care", "Little Panda Restaurant", and "Toilet Training - Baby's Potty".

There are steep consequences for companies that violate COPPA - the Federal Trade Commission fined Yelp $450,000 for doing so in 2014.

The researchers are adamant that they're not showing "definitive legal liability".

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"If a robot is able to click through their consent screen which resulted in carrying data, obviously a small child that doesn't know what they're reading is likely to do the same", Egelman said. Google gives Android away to other smartphone makers for free, and has more lenient restrictions for its App Store than Apple's.

Google did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment in time of publication. The data have become a bedrock of thousands of mobile apps, with Mapbox customers including social media company Snap Inc, food delivery service DoorDash and credit card giant MasterCard Inc. "We also observed that 73% of the tested applications transmitted sensitive data over the internet", the study found. Sadly, reports indicate misuse of the collected data and thus causes a line of disagreements within parties of the Google Play system. The security measure is the "standard method for securely transmitting information", the researchers said.

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