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Google's marketing of children's apps misleads parents, consumer groups say

The groups also said some apps appeared to violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law that prohibits sites and apps from collecting personal information from children

Natasha Singer & Jennifer Valentino-DeVries | NYT 

A group of 22 children’s and consumer organizations is calling for a federal investigation into Google’s marketing of children’s apps in its Google Play store, just the latest in a series of rebukes by experts about how the company handles technology aimed at youngsters. Google has promoted the “Family” section of its Play store as a place where parents can find age-appropriate apps for children. But in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission filed on Wednesday, the advocacy groups said the company’s endorsement of the apps was misleading. The groups ...

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First Published: Thu, December 20 2018. 09:09 IST