Many parents planning on wrapping up a shiny Apple device such as the iPad or iPhone for their little ones to open up during the holidays may also have concerns about the safety of these products. According to The Associated Press, the U.S. government has been investigating the liability of mobile apps for children.
MacRumors indicated that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission conducted a report examining the safety and privacy policies for apps marketed toward children on the App Store and Google Play marketplace.
“While we think most companies have the best intentions when it comes to protecting kids' privacy, we haven't seen any progress when it comes to making sure parents have the information they need to make informed choices about apps for their kids,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in the report. “In fact, our study shows that kids' apps siphon an alarming amount of information from mobile devices without disclosing this fact to parents. We'll do another survey in the future and we will expect to see improvement.”
While there is still substantial improvement to be made, parents can be relieved that the government agency is looking out for children's safety and have their childrens' best interest in mind. If you decide to give your child a shiny gadget this holiday season, iResQ's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch repair services are great to keep in mind, especially if the recipient is younger.