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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.

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