Monday, October 17, 2011

Mobile apps raise COPA-like questions on suitability for minors

On Saturday, Cecilia Kang ran an story on the lack of ratings for mobile apps. It’s called “Mobile apps lack rating standards; parents frustrated by mature content marketed to children”, front page of the Washington Post Oct. 15. Online the article is called “inappropriate content making its way to mobile apps”, with link here

Again, technology has end-arounded the ability of the law to regulate it; and once the law tries, as we found with COPA, all sorts of unintended consequences may follow.  Financial and practical pressures may fall on developers, who are often young adults some of whom have plenty of debt.  And risqué apps will make more money.

An earlier story by Kang last February noted that kids had run up parents’ mobile bills by excessive use of tempting and resource-consuming apps.

Again, technology has end-arounded the ability of the law to regulate it; and once the law tries, as we found with COPA, all sorts of unintended consequences may follow.  Financial and practical pressures may fall on developers, who are often young adults some of whom have plenty of debt.  And risqué apps will make more money.

An earlier story by Kang last February noted that kids had run up parents’ mobile bills by excessive use of tempting and resource-consuming apps.

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