There are now over 5 million apps across the official Google and Apple mobile app stores; 90% of the apps are for kids (ages 12 & under), highlighting risk factors around consumer privacy & advertiser COPPA compliance
PALO ALTO, Calif., December 14, 2020 -- Pixalate, a global ad fraud intelligence and marketing compliance platform, today released the Q3 2020 Mobile Ad Supply: App Safety Report, which examines consumer privacy and advertiser compliance across apps from the Google and Apple app stores.
The Report focuses on apps for kids aged 12 and under (based on content or age ratings as provided by Google and Apple), which must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA also extends to advertisers that have “actual knowledge” that they are collecting personal information online from children in the U.S. under 13 years of age.
Pixalate’s research team found that over 4.6 million of the 5.1 million apps (90%) across Google and Apple’s app stores are for kids aged 12 and under and analyzed trends relating to consumer privacy and advertiser compliance risk factors, including COPPA, GDPR, and CCPA.
Through an analysis of the over 5 million apps available for download via the official Google and Apple app stores as of the end of Q3 2020, Pixalate found:
The report also reveals that about 25% of apps for kids are privately registered, while over 50% do not appear to have Terms of Service.
Pixalate's Q3 2020 Mobile Ad Supply: App Safety Report includes:
Download a free copy of the Q3 2020 Mobile Ad Supply: App Safety Report today.
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Per the MRC, “'Fraud' is not intended to represent fraud as defined in various laws, statutes and ordinances or as conventionally used in U.S. Court or other legal proceedings, but rather a custom definition strictly for advertising measurement purposes. Also per the MRC, “‘Invalid Traffic’ is defined generally as traffic that does not meet certain ad serving quality or completeness criteria, or otherwise does not represent legitimate ad traffic that should be included in measurement counts. Among the reasons why ad traffic may be deemed invalid is it is a result of non-human traffic (spiders, bots, etc.), or activity designed to produce fraudulent traffic.”