Mobile Apps And Children's Privacy

Mobile Apps And Children's Privacy

Hundreds of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at kids are collecting and sharing personal data without informing parents. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss the latest concerns about mobile apps and children's privacy.

The number of kids using mobile technology is exploding. Apple’s app store has seen a 40% increase of downloads in just nine months. Google Play’s growth has been even more dramatic – 80% over the same period. But the Federal Trade Commission is concerned popular smartphone and tablet apps aimed at children are collecting and sharing personal data without informing parents. The agency claims the data collected allows companies to target ads with new precision. While app developers agree children should be protected, they fear some of the FTC’s proposals could stifle innovation. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss concerns about mobile apps and children’s privacy.

Guests

Jessica Rich

associate director of the division of financial practices in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

Morgan Reed

executive director of the Association for Competitive Technology.

Cecilia Kang

technology reporter for The Washington Post.

Angela Campbell

director of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law School.

Senator Al Franken

Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota

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