New privacy concerns surrounding mobile apps for kids
How to protect your children
- Duration 4:47
- Date Dec 11, 2012
How to protect your children
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Warning about mobile acts that apparently in spite your -- the Federal Trade Commission is finding hundreds of popular game is an educational apps.
That collect all kinds of information about your kids include emails and phone numbers even their exact location.
All without permission.
But granted by the parents the FDC says despite an earlier warning the industries is not doing enough to protect children's privacy.
Joseph -- -- is an identity theft prevention expert he's the author of bankrupt at birth talking about identity theft for some of our.
Youngest citizens and Lance ulanoff is the editor in chief and national dot com all things web related welcome to -- boat.
We saw this -- passed through that the wires yesterday from the FTC.
And one of our teammates said.
You know -- I knew something on my ten year old email just the other day she has an iPad -- watched -- she Daschle has apps for our.
Gains lands and now all of a sudden there weighs -- at ads for sacks as the email Susie she's ten years old and he was wondering.
How did she get this when -- monitor email.
Could it be the app so Lance just explain to -- Powell that could be possible we don't -- happened in this case -- -- how does it happen.
Well he's so many of these apps out there are 700000.
Apps in in in the App Store an eagle mumbling in the Google there's Google -- store.
And a good number of them collect data and this is how they work.
And when you hand your child mobile device a phone or an iPad or something like that and they opened an -- The majority of them are collecting data and serving ads without your permission and went to collect data they're looking at things like location.
They could be collecting email address they could be collecting -- -- -- it depends on your settings within the phone and your settings for the child so.
It's that you know it's Susan Hamad device that -- you kind of walk away right America they're going wherever -- -- going most people I talked to are not even setting up the privacy controls on these devices so let's talk.
A little bit about how to do that -- I -- what's what's the number one thing that a parent can -- Only one thing a parent can do is really pay attention to what's going on with the -- reading the privacy policies of the gaps only about 20% of the apps that are out there have any sort of quasi -- parents.
So they need to read that they need to review it and they need to.
And if there is not doing just there's not at this something that's really accessible -- you just not use the app at all.
Yeah I would discourage parents in particular from using it and teaching their child good habits when it comes that's when it comes to sharing information in general is something that we recommend all parents do.
The trouble is not many parents think about that today share -- You know I was gonna say one thing to keep in mind is that but children tend to lead in this case because the child will come to the -- I I really want this out I really want you know I want this device I want -- -- Parents don't always know as much about these apps as their children do.
And they say well you'll be kills me a lot of my friends are using the -- all right that's probably okay and then they let them doubt it.
Sending specific plants especially for folks in May not be as familiar with settings that they have on their tablet device on their phone that they should watch for.
Turn off to an off setting for example so that they can have more privacy protection.
Yeah well certainly you know IOS the iphones and ipads have parental controls they're look they're not really powerful.
Some of the new tablets that are out there the Kindle fire HD and the Barnes & Noble net gain -- both of them have.
Actually more powerful profiles and parental controls -- free time on the -- site which even let you set which apps and how much time they can spend on it.
And with the Kindle with the Barnes & Noble book you have a profiles -- -- -- your this kid hit that and then they have this couldn't really closed off world as far as what they can do so you really wanna look for that when you buying your device.
Don't trust your kids they'll go where ever they.
You allow them to you know plan our viewers -- national dot com for more information on that especially during the Christmas season or maybe they're shopping for -- this.
Joseph I'm curious -- you could pick up a little bit on wetlands to set as well there.
You can pick your device and you can -- it so that it is hopefully a little bit more safe in general.
But the FTC is saying that they want to have more regulations and that's part of the way that we can solve this problem.
How do you see it.
But I definitely agree I think it's a it's the role of the companies who make the -- its -- the developers it's a -- the App -- to create more transparency for parents.
It's also important that parents pay attention to what their children are doing and what this can lead to as and other things lead to do with with children -- child identity theft.
Which is becoming a growing problem in this country and this is one avenue that we're talking about today that that feeds can can exploit and take advantage of children.
Really -- a recent -- -- one at a forty households.
Their child they -- -- will be stolen -- may not know for years.
Joey -- we really hope -- back great conversation and certainly a lot to talk about stuff thank you very things that man.