Dating Apps These are complicated terrain: there are well-established and reasonably safe ones, such as Tinder or OkCupid, and there are those with less visibility (and therefore less scrutiny by the public and experts) that can lie and roll with weird policies or practices.
Recently, as reported by CNBC, three of this second type were removed from the App store It's from Google Play for a very serious reason: to allow entry of children under 13.
The apps in question (Meet24, Meet4U and Fastmeet) are developed by a Ukrainian company called Wildec and allowed children under 13 to enroll in their services and be contacted by users of any age. Worse, the apps recorded children's location information in real time, which allowed adult users to identify child profiles by age and proximity.
This, of course, represents a blatant violation of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), and adult persons who have contacted these children will suffer criminal prosecution.
The Federal Trade Commission sent a Wildec letter, pointing out the infractions and demanding that children not be allowed to enter apps; Meanwhile, Apple and Google have removed apps from their stores. According to the agency, they may return to the App Store and Google Play in the future, as long as they allow adult use only.
It is quite true that both Apple and Google had, in theory, to have verified this before the FTC; both stores, after all, are strictly probing dating apps that allow children to enter. That the apps were still there is a sign that companies are not doing as good an oversight job as they should for such a sensitive subject, and also a sign that parents and guardians should be more alert than ever to what they are doing. Infants are doing in the hammock.