More Than Half of Children's Apps Found to Fail at Protecting Information

More than 50 percent of Google Play apps targeted at children under 13 — we examined more than 5,000 of the most popular (many of which have been downloaded millions of times) — appear to be failing to protect data. In fact, the apps we examined appear to regularly send potentially sensitive information — including device serial numbers, which are often paired with location data, email addresses, and other personally identifiable information — to third-party advertisers.