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In the latest twist, researchers have found that Google Play store is full of apps that track children's online activities and sensitive information without their consent.

Moreover, the app weights around 3MB (2.4MB to be precise) and you can download it from the link given below. That's why, for the most part, the industry has relied on self-regulation.

Twenty-eight percent of the apps studied bypassed Android permissions to access "sensitive data", the study found, while 73 percent of the apps in question collected "sensitive data".

The International Computer Science Institute published the study, titled 'Won't Somebody Think of the Children?' Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale, detailing that 3,337 applications could be breaking the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) through illegally tracking the data of minors. Will Dormann, software vulnerability analyst at the CERT Coordination Center, told the BSides conference in San Francisco that he tested around 1.8 million Android apps only to discover gaffes in operational security such as PGP Keys, VPN codes and hardcoded admin passwords, which were readily available. The method directly violates Google policy as well. Google Home and Google Home Minipassed a radio certification testat the National Radio Research Agency on April 6 and 10, respectively.

But at the same time, the study found that almost a fifth of the apps it looked at were violating Google's terms of service, and the search giant appears not to have noticed.

The findings don't necessarily put app developers or publishers in court as apps may appear violating of laws.

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But that doesn't bail out Google in any way.

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Seven researchers analysed almost 6,000 apps for children and found that majority of them on Google Play Store are tracking data on kids in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, which regulates data collection from users who are under 13 years old.

Unlockd - which only works on Google's Android platform - shows users ads on their when they unlocked their smartphone in return for loyalty points or other rewards. In November 2017, Google started pulling down apps that were found missing Accessibility Services access.

Australian mobile advertising start-up Unlockd is set for a showdown with Google, after the search giant threatened to ban its apps from the Google Play Store.

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