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Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told

Law360 (October 4, 2018, 8:14 PM EDT) -- A pair of Democratic senators and several consumer organizations are urging the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at the data collection and tracking practices of child-directed apps, with the advocacy groups specifically targeting Facebook's kid-centric messaging service for allegedly violating federal children's privacy rules.

In a letter sent to the FTC Wednesday, Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called on the commission to investigate the practices of app developers, advertising companies and app stores in the wake of a recent study that found that thousands of apps were accessing children's sensitive personal information, including location...

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