More kids than ever before in history are engaging with computing devices on a daily basis, whether that may be that a smartphone, a tablet, a PC, or a convertible tablet/PC form factor. They do homework, interact with friends and family, and play games, and as seen by a simple search in any popular app store, apps for kids are getting downloaded at a fantastic rate:
The app ecosystem is growing at a fantastic rate, and with that growth has come an increase in concerns for privacy – especially when it comes to kids. If you do a cursory search in any app marketplace, you’ll see an unprecedented amount of apps that are aimed towards children; “unprecedented” because more kids are connected to the online world now than at any other time in history, and that number is only predicted to go higher.
Apps and privacy practices are not two things that you hear linked together very often, and with good reason: there doesn’t exist a good framework in the app development ecosystem for integrating the two in a transparent, user-friendly process. In a previous article, we talked about the problem of privacy, and how a recent Federal Trade Commission survey of over 400 different downloaded apps found a disturbing amount of glaring privacy violations within the apps themselves.