Google Play Store Contains Over 3,000 Android Apps For Kids That Improperly Collect Data

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Google Play Store Contains Over 3,000 Android Apps For Kids That Improperly Collect Data

Researchers discovered that over 3,000 Android apps for kids on the Google Play Store improperly collect data, including nearly 300 apps that collect location or contact data without parents' permission. Can Google do something about this improper data collection issue?

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