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Parent concerned over app privacy default

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Eric Gladwish is concerned about a popular app kids are hooked on called Musical.ly.  He says his daughter and other kids are posting videos, only to find out later they are public and anyone can look at them.  

 “She had over 174 followers that were watching her videos. She only knew 20 of them. So, over 150 of those people, who knows who they were,” Gladwish said

Gladwish said he works as a technology consultant and knows a thing or two about apps.

“Someone that was a serious predator, just from these videos, from cues of what’s looking at what's in the background, it wouldn't be hard by looking at her videos, I could find out what school she goes to,” Gladwish said.

By signing up, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy. The settings default to public.

Gladwish said he believes the privacy settings are backwards and should default to private not public.

“This should have been the default. Having the private account automatically set, having the location info automatically set, unfortunately the default is actually opposite,” Gladwish said. “It's public and the location is public as well for all new accounts on this app.”

Gladwish said it was easy to change the privacy settings on the app. He's also making sure that the followers on his daughter’s page were only people she knew.

In the end, he said he wants to alert other parents that they should check the default settings on any new emerging app that their kids sign up for.

“My suggestion is, just know what your kids are doing on their tablets, and what they’re doing on their phones. Because there is dangerous stuff out there,” Gladwish said.

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