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FTC Report: Mobile Apps for Children Collect Personal Information Without Consent
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- A report from the Federal Trade Commission shows nearly 60% of mobile applications for children disclose personal information to third parties without permission from parents.
"We want industry to do more, to step up and provide parents with more information, so they can feel comfortable, and make informed choices," said Manas Mohapatras, Director of Mobil Policy with the Federal Trade Commission, who authored the report.
The FTC report shows apps that disclosed personal information to third parties transmitted information that include geolocation, device identification numbers, and sometimes even your phone number.
Mohapatras says the FTC has lauched an investigation to see if any privacy acts have been violated, with the release of the study, he hopes to see more regulations in place for app developers to be more forthcoming to consumers with what information they disclose to other parties.
"What we would really like to do is to have consumers and parents empowered," said Mohapatras.
Until there are policy changes, cyber security experts have some recommendations for families to protect their personal information.
"You might want to look at the website for the developer," said Al Heitkamper, a professor of cyber security at Oklahoma City Community College, "because there might be more information, it might be more apparent on their website."
To read the whole report from the FTC, go to the links section of our website: http://www.okcfox.com/links.
Posted: Monday, December 10 2012, 09:55 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. transportation agencies supply 400 workers
May 22, 2013 20:36 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Transportation agencies in Oklahoma are devoting about 400 workers and 200 pieces of heavy equipment to the recovery effort from the Moore tornado.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said Wednesday that employees started emergency work Monday after tornadoes struck in Moore and other parts of the state.
The crews are helping with debris removal in Moore, as requested by local authorities. About 60 maintenance workers are clearing major routes in Moore.
Much of the effort by the agencies is centering on clearing routes that are part of the state highway system.
The DOT says motorists can expect periodic lane closures on Interstate 35 through Moore. Also, off-ramps from the highway in Moore are restricted to emergency responders. Sightseers aren't allowed.
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