Researchers conclude Google’s Play Store is likely chock full of apps that improperly track children.

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  1. jamcar23

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    While I think the alligations against the Google Play Store are true, I’d be willing to bet a significant amount of money that almost all (like +98%) sites have this problem. Basically any app, service, or website, including reddit, that does client side age verification without direct evidence will have this problem.

    The question is: what are we going to do about it? Should apps, sites, and services be allowed to enforce COPPA as best they can on their own, which is what currently happens, or should sites require evidence of your age? Imagine if every time you created a reddit or other internet account you had to submit government back evidence, such as a valid driver’s license or birth certificate; is that something we really want?

    Personally, I say fuck no. Not only does that leak way too much information on the law-abiding account holder but it doesn’t actually stop kids from accessing things they shouldn’t. There are plenty of apps, sites, and services which don’t require an account to access whatever they host. And, even if you could get surface sites to agree to new regulations, there would be plenty of dark net sites to happily fill the void, which would just make law enforcement’s job harder.

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