The Bavarian Office for Data Protection presented the results of its findings relating to an international examination of children’s online privacy organized by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a worldwide alliance of data protection authorities.
The office had examined 25 randomly selected Bavarian and international apps for children up to 13 years of age. The aim was to find out whether companies have child-friendly privacy policies or whether parents have the chance to apply protective settings. The results were that only 75% of the apps examined had privacy policies and only 50% of these referred to data processing by the app itself. The Bavarian Office criticized the fact that many of the apps examined were programmed in German, but only offered English privacy policies.