By Stewart Mitchell - Posted on 17 Dec 2012 - pcpro
The apps market will end up being regulated if it can't control the way rogue developers behave, according to industry experts in the wake of a damning report into privacy breaches in children's apps.
Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission lambasted developers and platforms over the way they grabbed information from apps marketed at children. Meanwhile, developer Gameloft drew criticism for an in-app purchase for gems in a Playmobil game that cost £70.
"Do I think the industry is going to get regulated? I absolutely do
," said Nicholas Lovell, an independent games industry consultant interested in apps.
"If we don't get our own house in order then frankly I think we should," he told PC Pro. "I don't want to get regulated and think it would be unhelpful for the industry and I'm not convinced it would be better, but if someone somewhere doesn't start taking responsibility for these issues, then perhaps it should happen