said by JasonOD :
are the ones paying the bill, so technically they own the phone, plan, contract, and whatever apps get onto the phone. Is this more of a parental responsibility issue?
Not if the apps are not informing the parents of their intent. If I download "XYZ Fun Game" and it doesn't say it's going to start collecting all this information, how would I know to allow or not allow my kids to play it based on my privacy concerns?
One thing I did not see mentioned in this article is that the Google Play store does tell you what kind of access the app is requesting from your phone, such as location services, etc.--
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