The FTC wants to protect kids with a more open-book policy on apps

The Federal Trade Commission is urging Apple, Google and other app makers to make children’s privacy a priority. The FTC wants simple, uniform warnings that parents can easily access. This warning comes hot on the heals of disclosures that Path, Twitter, and other apps automatically download an iPhone’s entire address book when their apps are installed. Last year the FTC fined app maker W3 Innovations LLC for collecting the email addresses of children through one of its popular apps.

From ZDNet:

The commission is urging developers in particular to create simple disclosures that parents can access to explain data collection and use in a consistent, uniform manner. It has also suggested that Google and Apple make clear privacy and data disclosure required of their developers.

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