Talking Ben The Dog rose to the top charts on the App Store and Google Play Store in February 2022 — solidifying it as one of the most popular smartphone apps of the year. While there’s no denying its popularity, is Talking Ben The Dog a safe app to use? If it seems like there’s a hot new app every other week, that’s because there is. Smartphone apps are released or get big updates, go viral on social media, and they’re immediately talked about everywhere.

While it can be easy to get wrapped up in the hype/buzz around a new application, it’s important to consider the privacy aspects of each one. Locket Widget is a cute way to share photos on friends’ home screens, but every image you send/receive through the app is effectively owned by Locket and can be used however the company wants. Prequel’s cartoon filter can be endless fun, but the app also collects users’ precise location information and shares editing control of your photos with third parties.

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In the case of Talking Ben The Dog, does it have enough privacy features to keep parents’ minds at ease? Or is it something you should stop your kiddos from using? Right off the bat, developer Outfit7 shows that Talking Ben The Dog (and its other apps) have been analyzed and approved to be in the PRIVO Kids Privacy Assured COPPA Safe Harbor Certification Program. If that sounds like a bunch of jargon, it essentially means that Talking Ben The Dog has U.S. government approval as a safe app for kids. The program is approved by the Federal Trade Commission and as “an authorized safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).” Outfit7 has been a member of the Kids Privacy Assured program since October 2013, meaning it has nearly 10 years of certified protection under its belt.

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That said, there are a few factors to consider before running off to download Talking Ben The Dog. Looking at the App Privacy page on the App Store, Talking Ben The Dog uses all of the following data to track you: Purchases, Identifiers, Diagnostics, Location, and Usage Data. These are all things that are used “to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies.” Talking Ben The Dog also collects the same information and links it to your identity while using the app.

These things are all further outlined in Outfit7’s U.S. privacy policy. Regarding data the developer collects when someone uses Talking Ben The Dog, it automatically obtains things like IP addresses, session start/stop times, your mobile phone carrier and internet service provider, time zone, and more. Outfit7 also shares user information with third parties, including its analytics providers, cloud service providers, etc. Furthermore, Outfit7 says it does “not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.” If someone indicates that they are under 13 when setting up Talking Ben The Dog, their information isn’t collected.

Overall, Talking Ben The Dog is likely safe for your kid to use. Its collection of IP address and location info sounds scary, but this is pretty standard practice for many apps. Plus, the fact that some personal data isn’t collected for kids under 13 — and that the app is approved with COPPA standards — gives Talking Ben The Dog a lot of added privacy layers not found with some other apps.