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An automated system was made use of researchers from the International Computer Science Institute to find out if the apps met with the regulations of the COPPA law meant to protect children.

Other information that some of the apps transmitted included names, phone numbers, email addresses and serial numbers or other codes that could be used to identify the device.

This particular development is courtesy of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute, The Guardian reports. Still, most of those apps "either do not make use of these options" or use them incorrectly.

And when it comes to collecting and sending user data, the study found that 2,344 of the 5,855 apps - that's 40 percent of them - did not use Transport Layer Security (TLS) for every transmission containing "identifiers or other sensitive information".

While everyone's in an uproar about Facebook accounts getting skimmed for data, a new study claims that thousands of Android apps are in breach of standards for monitoring kids' behavior online.

Unfortunately for parents, there is little consumers can do to protect themselves since the policies and business practices of app developers and ad tracking companies are often opaque, Dr Egelman said. Popular examples include the language learning app Duolingo, the infinite running game Minion Rush and the Disney puzzle game Where's My Water?.




The reports further suggest that the Recent Apps cards will be shown as a horizontally-scrolling list and be using a swipe up gesture it will close the apps.

The researchers found that the worst offenders, constituting five percent of the sample, collected location or contact data without verifiable parent consent.

The researchers noted that Google has worked to enforce Coppa by requiring developers of children's apps to certify that they comply with the law. The back button is said to appear and disappear based on the context.

They added that it would not be hard for Google to augment their research to detect the apps and the developers that may be violating child privacy laws.

"Google has basically looked the other way while it was able to generate revenues off of children's apps", said Centre for Digital Democracy executive director Jeffrey Chester. Protecting children's online privacy is very important to us and we are confident that our practices adhere to the law.

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