The FTC’s recent report entitled “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” outlines privacy issues in the App Stores. Using the keyword “kids”, the FTC’s staff analyzed a set of 480 apps from the Google Play market. IP Lasso ran the same report and tallied the number of installs for these apps. The results are alarming:
The FTC’s report randomly analyzed a portion of the top 480 apps returned for the search query “kids” on the Google Play Market. IP Lasso took the FTC results a step further by analyzing all 480 apps. Our software calculates a conservative estimate of an app’s installs, showing how widespread the privacy problem truly is.
Let’s be absolutely clear. When a child downloads one of the above apps, the app developer has the ability to see what the camera is seeing at any time. Or monitor the location of the child. Or call phone numbers from the phone without intervention. Or send text messages to any number, a frequent attack method of Android malware.
To learn more about our findings, or to see how IP Lasso can protect your brands in the emerging app economy, contact us today.