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What happens when your child downloads an app?
How much of your child's personal information is requested?
How much data is actually collected and transferred to others?
And what do those others do with it?
To help you answer these questions, read on!
Or go straight to our Top 50 children's android apps in Australia- AppCensus privacy checks
Dr Kim Le, child and adolescent psychiatrist, explains why protecting children’s privacy is really important
Martha (mother of 3) gives her view on why we should care
Australian privacy law does not provide sufficient protection for children: it's up to parents.
ACCM, in partnership with AppCensus (USA), has developed a parent-friendly privacy check for the most popular Android apps played by children in Australia. We apply these checks to each of the current Top 50 children's apps (tested in Australia), and will continue to update this list regularly.
The meaning and significance of the data gathered through these checks needs some explanation, so we recommend that you look at our guides here:
If the app you are looking for is not in the Top 50 list, try searching for it on the 'All privacy checks' page.
You can also contact us if you have suggestions of children's apps that we can check for tracking data.
This joint project aims to help you protect your children when using apps. It has been made possible with funding support from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN). CMA has partnered with researchers from Macquarie University to develop resources, and with AppCensus (US) to identify and list those apps most popular with children, which gather children's data with or without permission.
CMA thanks the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) for its support
NOTE: The operation of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network is made possible by funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia under section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. This funding is recovered from charges on telecommunications carriers.
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