A University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children’s online privacy.Dr. Kanad Basu
, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
and lead author of the study, along with colleagues elsewhere, developed a tool that can determine whether an Android game or other mobile app complies with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The researchers introduced and tested their “COPPA Tracking by Checking Hardware-Level Activity,” or COPPTCHA, tool in a study published in the March edition of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
. The tool was 99% accurate. Researchers continue to improve the technology, which they plan to make available for download at no cost.