Jessica Guynn reports:
Parents often hand over their smartphones and tablet computers to keep their kids entertained.
But most parents are unaware the mobile apps and games that delight their kids are secretly collecting personal information they then share with marketers and other third parties. Now federal regulators are investigating whether mobile apps makers, in transmitting this data without parents’ knowledge or consent, have violated laws that protect children’s privacy.
The Federal Trade Commission declined to name or say how many mobile apps makers it’s probing. But the agency warned developers to clean up their privacy practices and called on Apple and Google — which run the stores where many of the popular apps are sold — to step up their game too.
Read more on The Los Angeles Times.