Concerns over websites and apps aimed at children Posted by Ross on 11 September 2015

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) is a group of privacy regulators whose mission is to improve the cooperation in enforcement of cross-border laws affecting privacy.  In their third annual “Privacy Sweep”, twenty nine data protection authorities across 21 countries (including Ireland) reviewed 1,494 website and mobile apps that were popular among children.  The aim of the report was to determine:

Globally, the report found that:

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (Ireland) focussed on just 18 websites and apps.  The results for Ireland can be found here.

John Rogers, Senior Investigations Officer who coordinated the Irish Privacy Sweep:

"Our findings from the Sweep are of concern and we feel that websites and apps being targeted at children need to improve greatly in terms of children’s privacy".

"Excessive data sought, lack of user information and lack of parental controls were among the issues identified.  We now intend to carry out a more details examination of the sites / apps of concern and contact then requesting remedial action where necessary."