Privacy fears over websites sharing children’s data


Websites and apps aimed at children are gathering unacceptable amounts of personal data, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has warned. An international investigation looked at almost 1,500 websites popular with young people and found that one in five asked for phone numbers or pictures.

“These are concerning results,” said Adam Stevens, head of the ICO’s intelligence hub.

The investigation looked at how websites were harvesting large amounts of personal information, with half sharing children’s data with third parties.

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