Google Removes Three Popular Apps From Play Store For Collecting Children Data

Google Removes Three Popular Apps From Play Store

Google has announced that it just removed three apps for compromising kids’ data. The apps in question are Princess Salon, Number Coloring, and Cats & Cosplay. All the three popular apps were collecting data of kids in the background. According to Google, it has removed these apps from its Play Store. The company said that these apps were violating the Play Store policies by collecting the data of kids. The development came after the International Digital Accountability Council raised the matter with the search engine giant. The IDCA said that the three apps were secretly collecting and leaking the data to third parties.

It is still unknown what kind of data these three apps were collecting. Google didn’t comment on the nature of data that was being compromised. But it added that the concerned department initiated action as soon as it learned about the breach. The apps in question are hugely popular among kids. They are used by children as they claim to gamify learning skills. Tech giants like Google and Apple have a strict policy in place for apps concerning the safety of users’ data. But when it comes to children centric apps, these companies become even stricter. Notably, several such apps are still available on the Play Store.

Both Google and Apple from time to time remind the developers about their policies. They release updates to apprise the developers to adhere strictly to the rules to shun inviting punitive actions. The two companies want kids’ data to be handled more carefully and make the internet a safer place for them to acquire skills. Google, Apple, and others offer services that are specific to kids. The three apps were downloaded more than 20 million times. Notably, this is not the first time when Google has removed apps from Play Store for violating its policies. Earlier, the company had removed several apps from the Play Store that were violating its policies or were infected by malware.