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Google reportedly testing new iPhone X-like navigation bar

Google reportedly testing new iPhone X-like navigation bar

Will Google be able to address the data privacy problem before it further escalates? But what happens when that data collection targets children? "While many of these SDKs offer configuration options to respect COPPA by disabling tracking and behavioral advertising, our data suggest that a majority of apps either do not make use of these options or incorrectly propagate them across mediation SDKs", the study states.

The researchers, who are affiliated with the International Computer Science Institute, used an automated testing process to examine 5,855 apps found in the Google Play store. The study also found that 40 percent of the apps transmitted information without using proper security measures.

About 40 percent of apps transmitted info without using "reasonable security measures", and almost all 1,280 apps with Facebook tie-ins were not properly using the social network's code flags to limit under-13 use. "The researchers published their findings in a study (PDF) titled, "'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'?

Of those apps improperly collecting data, 281 collected contact or location data without parental permission.

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Only a week after it was alleged that YouTube violated United States laws that protect children's online privacy, a study has claimed a majority of popular free children's apps in the Google Play Store are also in breach of these rules. Since Google I/O coming up in a few weeks, it likely won't be long until this mystery is resolved.

With thousands of Android apps added to the Google Play Store daily, it may be hard for Google to manually inspect all the apps to make sure that no laws are being broken.

At the start of the year, a Google Streetview mini-game inside the firm's developer lab included a cryptic image of a pineapple cake, while a tweet about the company's developer conference in May - known as Google I/O - saw the logo turn into something that looked awfully like a pineapple.


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