Lawmakers highlight evidence of children’s
privacy violations that appear to conflict with Google’s representations to
(April 21, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Kathy
Castor (FL-14) today sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging
it to investigate whether Google violated Section V of the FTC
by misleadingly marketing children’s apps as compliant with
the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
evidence that many of those apps appear to illegally track children’s behavior
and share their personal information without consent. Section V of the FTC
prohibits unfair and deceptive practices, including statements or
representations that mislead consumers. In their letter, the lawmakers
reference evidence of widespread children’s privacy violations included in a
recent review of the Google Play Store by leading experts. Senator Markey previously wrote
the FTC in December 2018 regarding evidence of children’s privacy and
consumer protection violations on the Google Play Store.
2018, experts and lawmakers called on the FTC to investigate the
Google Play Store for potential violations of consumer protection and privacy
laws. The FTC’s decision to investigate may have resulted in
unnecessary harm to children and families. During a period in which children’s
technology use has skyrocketed, our renewed call for the FTC to investigate the
Google Play Store is even more urgent,” write
Senator Markey and Representative Castor in their letter to the FTC.
copy of the letter can be found HERE.