RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – A new report raises questions about child safety measures deployed at Apple’s App Store.
“Apple claims that it maintains a tight grip over App Store creators to protect consumers from harmful content, but it hasn’t even put up the most obvious safeguard to keep underage users safe,” said Michelle Kuppersmith, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability. “If Apple already knows that a user is under 18, how can it let the user download adult apps in the first place?”
Known as CfA, the nonprofit group that heads the Tech transparency Project, cited this example:
“Using an Apple ID for a simulated 14-year-old, TTP examined nearly 80 age-restricted apps on the App Store and discovered that the underage user could easily evade the apps’ age restrictions in the vast majority of cases, often with minimal effort.”