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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.

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