Pixalate’s December 2022 Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising Ranks Programmatic Sell-Side Platforms (SSPs) Based on Percentage of Inventory from Child-Directed Apps

Pixalate’s Children’s Privacy Index for Sellers helps the ad tech industry navigate compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

LONDON, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — pixalatethe global market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising, today released the December 2022 Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising.

Pixalate is an ad fraud intelligence and marketing compliance platform with solutions across display, mobile app, video, and OTT/CTV. (PRNewsfoto/Pixalate)

The monthly index benchmarks Supply-Side Platforms (SSPs) based on the percentage of ads they sell that are on apps that are likely child-directed, as assessed by Pixalate’s COPPA Methodology.

Key Takeaways

  • December saw two sellers reported with a Critical risk level. The last time any seller had a Critical risk level was October.

  • Six sellers received a High risk level for December, down 33% from November.

  • 12 sellers were at Medium risk, a 20% decrease from the previous month.

  • 22 sellers were found to be at Low risk, up from 19 in November.

According to Pixalate’s Q3 2022 COPPA Risk Scorecard Report: Google Vs. apple there are ~420K likely child-directed mobile apps across the Google & Apple mobile app stores, which is approximately 8% of all apps across both stores. These apps can pose a COPPA compliance risk to advertising buyers and sellers, and awareness of which apps are child-directed is an important step in mitigating compliance risks.

Visit Pixalate’s Knowledge Base for more information about the Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising.

What is COPPA – and why it matters for advertisers

For nearly 25 years, the privacy of children online in the US has been governed by COPPA and its implementation Rule, which has come under scrutiny as regulators aim to address its application in today’s complex advertising ecosystem.

COPPA bars the collection of data from children under 13 without verified parental consent. Advertisers, ad buyers, and sellers are at risk of collecting children’s personal data from apps not clearly labeled as child-directed in the app stores. As the gatekeepers of the mobile app stores, Google & Apple are well positioned to provide clarity yet they do not require developers of apps targeting children to identify as such nor do they prominently feature that information in the app stores. Doing so would not only help parents protect their children online, but would also enable ad tech companies in complying with COPPA.

About Pixalate

Pixalate is the market-leading fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform for Connected TV (CTV) and Mobile Advertising. Pixalate offers the only system of coordinated solutions across display, app, video, and CTV for better detection and elimination of ad fraud. Pixalate’s marketing compliance solutions encompass the industry’s first COPPA Compliance Technology, designed to identify likely child-directed apps and potential compliance risks. Pixalate is an MRC-accredited service for the detection and filtration of sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) across desktop and mobile web, mobile in-app, and CTV advertising. www.pixalate.com


The content of this press release, and the Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising, reflects Pixalate’s opinions with respect to factors that Pixalate believes may be useful to the digital media industry. It is important to note, however, that a seller’s rating on the Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising does not mean that the seller is failing to comply with COPPA. Further, with respect to apps that appear to be child-directed and have that, in Pixalate’s opinion, may trigger related privacy obligations and/or risk, such assertions reflect characteristics Pixalate’s opinions (ie, they are neither facts nor guarantees); and, although Pixalate’s methods used to render such opinions are derived from automated processing and at times coupled with human intervention, no assurances can be – or are – given by Pixalate with respect to the accuracy of any such opinions. Neither this press release nor the Children’s Privacy Index for Mobile Advertising is intended to impugn the standing or reputation of any entity, person or app, but instead, to report findings and apparent trends.

Liz Margolis



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