Federal regulators say kids have easy access to downloading 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 it.

The Federal Trade Commission published a staff report Thursday. It says companies that make mobile apps, and stores that sell them, should give parents basic, easily-to-understand information so parents can choose which apps children can use. The report also says developers should disclose whether their apps connect with social media services or include advertisements.

Read more at Official Wire. By Richard Lardner, AP.

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