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Apps Can TrapAustralian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

Grant Round: 2020

Amount: $48,000

What happens when your child downloads an app?

How much of your child's personal information is requested?

How much data is actually collected and transferred to others?

And what do those others do with it?

To help consumers answer these questions, ACCM has developed the Apps Can Trap website to support parents with specific information and strategies to recognise and minimise threats to privacy when their children use apps. The site lists 50 of the most popular children's apps in Australia and will be updated regularly.

Drawing on Australian and US research into the clandestine tracking of children’s app use, this project uses ACCM's app reviewing service to uncover the covert tracking of children when using apps.