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Obama probes makers of cell-phone apps

Whether they're violating privacy rights of children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it’s investigating software companies that make cellphone apps to determine whether they are violating the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones, then sharing it with advertisers and data brokers. Such spying apps downloaded to mobile devices can capture a child’s physical location, phone numbers of their friends and more.

In its announcement Monday, the Federal Trade Commission did not specify which companies it is investigating. It described the marketplace for mobile applications as a digital danger zone.

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