Beacons Help Blind Travelers Navigate Airport

Oct 29, 2014

San Francisco Airport is testing a beacon system to help blind and visually impaired travelers navigate around one of its new terminals. Working with beacon company, SFO has set up hundreds of beacons all over the terminal.  Each beacon broadcasts signals using Bluetooth low energy.   If a user downloads the app onto his or [...]


COPPA is a Big Deal

Sep 17, 2014

Developers take note: COPPA is a very big stick. Yelp and children’s mobile developer TinyCo recently settled with the FTC over charges that they improperly collected kids’ information. According to the FTC, a recent complaint against Yelp alleged that “several thousand users who registered through Yelp’s mobile app provided a date of birth that showed [...]


Parents Can Now Find the Right Apps For Kids

Sep 16, 2014

We are pleased to see a search tool to help families find apps for their kids. ACT has worked with Moms With Apps to launch the new Moms With Apps parent-facing site. Moms With Apps provides parents with information to help them decide which app is right for their kids. You can check out the site [...]


iOS 8 and Privacy: Major New Privacy Features

Sep 12, 2014

Apple iOS 8 includes several new privacy features founded on Apple’s core privacy principles of consent, choice and transparency. With these principles in mind, Apple created and incorporated increasingly granular controls for location, opportunities for developers to communicate to users how and why they use data, and limits on how third parties can track your [...]


Teenagers and Mobile App Privacy

Aug 23, 2013

According to a new study from the Pew Internet Project, more than half f all U.S. teenagers are concerned about privacy when using mobile devices. The study, done in conjunction with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, surveyed about 800 teens aged 12 to 17. Key findings in the report include: 58% of all [...]


FTC Provides Limited “Safe Harbor” for Users of a “Do Not Track for Kids” Flag

Jul 31, 2013

The new Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule that went into effect earlier this month restricts almost all forms of tracking across child-directed sites other than for a set of limited “internal operations purposes.”  Child-directed sites are now strictly liable for any third party tracking on their sites that do not meet COPPA’s limited [...]