Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FTC says companies should give parents basic facts on kids' apps

FTC: Give parents info on kids' apps

Kids have easy and inexpensive access to hundreds of smartphone applications, but parents are in the dark about what personal information is being collected from their children and how companies are using the data, government regulators said Thursday. The Federal Trade Commission said companies that make mobile apps, and the stores that sell them, should provide parents with basic, simple-to-understand information about their products so they can choose which apps their children can use. Mobile apps can automatically capture smartphone information, such as a person's location, phone number, call logs and personal contacts.

First lady pranks children on tour

School kids visiting the White House got a brief scare Thursday when Michelle Obama popped up and warned them there would be a 50-question test at the end of their tour. With a straight face she told the youngsters: "You don't get out of the house unless you pass it." Then she quickly reassured them: "I'm kidding." The first lady, with dog Bo, set up an informal receiving line, dispensing hugs and handshakes to startled visitors on the morning tour. She chatted about fashion, dogs and eating vegetables.

Chocolate calorie goal limit is 250

Snickers bars may soon satisfy you a bit less. Mars Inc., the makers of popular candy brands including M&M's and Twix, will stop making chocolate products that exceed 250 calories by the end of next year. That means king-sized versions of its candy bars will disappear from store shelves. Mars may not have to make radical changes to reach its goal, however; a standard Snickers bar currently has 280 calories. A package of Twix and a bag of peanut M&M's each clock in at 250 calories. The company also makes Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Bounty and Kudos bars. Mars officials declined to provide further details Thursday, noting the company has not finalized how it will reach its caloric goals.

Associated Press

FTC says companies should give parents basic facts on kids' apps 02/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Black entrepreneur says city stiffing him on project after he endorsed Rick Baker

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A prominent African-American resident says his endorsement of mayoral candidate Rick Baker has led city officials to freeze him out of a major construction project along the historic "Deuces" stretch of 22nd Street S.

  2. Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday.

  3. Pasco students, 12 and 15, faces weapons, threat charges

    Crime

    Two Pasco County students from different schools were arrested Tuesday after one brought weapons onto campus and the other threatened a shooting, according to sheriff's deputies.

  4. It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier

    K12

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools will start an hour later next year, beginning the day at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:25 p.m., the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote.

    The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]