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Researchers from the US based Usable Security & Privacy group at the International Computer Science Institute tested more than 5,000 of the most popular apps aimed at children under 13 and found that half of them were failing to protect data. They report that the apps they examined appeared 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.
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