happens the second your baby is born. You're different; more cautious (read: paranoid) and completely oblivious to the increased number of times you offer to sanitize
the hands of friends and family.
you're human. You're also not alone. Millions of kids rely on this technology to stay busy every day. So many in
fact, that other companies have stepped up their game to steal you away from Apple's kid-friendly
business. So, what’s the big deal? (Aside from the fact that too much screen time can contribute to speech delays and have lifelong effects.)
According to the
Post, a lot of things can happen, especially if you use apps from the Walt Disney Co. to entertain your
class-action federal lawsuit, directed at Disney and three other software
companies, claims that the mobile apps they built together violate COPPA, the
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting personal data on some of
their youngest customers and illegally sharing with advertisers—without parental consent.
accuses Disney of allowing software companies to embed trackers in apps such as
“Disney Princess Palace Pets” and “Where’s My Water? 2.” Once installed, this software can share information from your child's device “exfiltrate that
information off the smart device for advertising and other commercial
purposes.” In other words, it allows advertisers to know more about your kids than you probably are comfortable with them knowing.
heavy-duty technologies, industrial-strength data and analytic companies whose
role is to track and monetize individuals,” said Jeffrey Chester, the executive
director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “These should not be in little
maintains that their data collection and use policies for Disney apps created
for children and families are strict and firmly adhered to, the Federal Trade
Commission says that online services that target users under the age of 13
But what about the kids using these apps, and the fact that every
parent with an iPad is now scrambling to figure out which apps
are spying on their family?
Want to know which apps are possibly being used to collect information on your kids? Here's a full
list of the apps named in the complaint:
Beauty and the
Color by Disney
Disney Color and
Timer by Oral-B
Disney Build It
Frozen Free Fall
Fall: Icy Shot
Palace Pets in
Sofia the First
Color and Play
Sofia the First
Temple Run: Oz
The Lion Guard
Toy Story: Story
Where's My Mickey?
Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free
Files: Hidden Object
Parents: We may not be perfect, but we do know how to delete.
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