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The Federal Trade Commission is investigating an unspecified number of software companies that make cellphone apps to determine whether they have violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones then sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the agency said Monday.

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Government investigating makers of cellphone apps

The government is investigating whether software companies that make cellphone apps violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from mobile devices and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

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