Google targeted by consumer groups over children's apps

December 19, 2018


Alphabet's Google distributes mobile apps for children that are inappropriate for young people and may violate children's privacy laws, according to a complaint from 22 consumer and privacy groups.

Kids' apps in the Play store on the company's Android devices can expose children to ads showing alcohol or that promote gambling, while game play might depict dangerous acts, according to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Trade Commission. The complaint was based on a survey of 75 apps from a variety of developers.

"We're repeatedly confronted with examples of tech companies that are just not doing enough to protect consumer privacy," said Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico in a statement from the coalition. "I'm particularly concerned about what this failure means for our children."

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