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Last month we shared a post in this Cyber safety group explaining how Google confirmed they track and log users even when settings are disabled.
Now New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against some tech giants and several app developers for illegally collecting data from children under the age of 13 without parental consent.
NM AG said the companies are violating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law, by collecting and selling the data on children.
The suit, filed against Google, Twitter, Tiny Lab Producions, MoPub, AerServ, InMobi PTE, AppLovin and IronSource, alleges the apps designed by Tiny Lab Productions and marketed by Google in its Play Store are targeted at children and contain illegal tracking software. This illegal data collection allows Defendants, and whoever they sell this data to, to track, profile, and target millions of children nationwide.
The lawsuit comes after a University of California, Berkeley study analyzed nearly 6,000 children's apps and found that the majority of them appeared to violate COPPA.
"These apps can track where children live, play, and go to school with incredible precision," Balderas said. "These multi-million-dollar tech companies partnering with app developers are taking advantage of New Mexican children, and the unacceptable risk of data breach and access from third parties who seek to exploit and harm our children will not be tolerated in New Mexico."
Balderas said parents should know which apps their children are using and to adjust settings to limit ad-tracking and other data collection.
Good article and I agree but do you not have to agree when you add Google, but they don't need kids location or other info
This is great!!! I think that we need to push back against personal data collection and this is a great way to start it!! Normally NM is at the bottom of the list on a lot of things, glad we are first on something of this importance! Thanks for posting!!!