Fortnite, Minecraft and Pokémon Go: The Stiftung Warentest has tested 14 game apps for children and found Nazi spells, pornography and hidden costs. According to the consumer organization, mobile phone games are only rarely available to children and a recommendation does not receive any of the tested gaming apps.
From questionable to unacceptable
Overall, the Stiftung Warentest classified 13 games apps as unacceptable for children, once it was the “top grade” questionable, with the final Pokémon Go could secure the dubious and un-glorious “test victory”. The consumer organization speaks of an alarming result and addresses its reasons for the abuses that underlie the test result.
From “Sieg Heil” to “bad Jews” everything is included
Stiftung Warentest and jugendschutz.netwho conducted the test in cooperation, have references to porn sites, players with right-wing extremist pseudonyms like “Sieg Heil“And a game,”in which “evil Jews” are to be killed” found. As an example, the testers mention the Android version of Subway Surfers, which is released for children over the age of 6 and includes advertising for a game over the age of 18, in which “incessantly people are to be shot“.
Even with the guidelines for player names, the operators of the 14 tested game apps are not precise and so that children in games such as Fortnite, Clash of Clans, Clash Royal and Brawl Stars to a number of players with negative names such as “Jews killer” and “Sieg Heil“Or make the name of their character obviously advertising for relevant well-known porn sites.
Hidden costs and incomprehensible terms
According to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), the terms and conditions and the privacy statements contained therein for services and apps, which are also aimed at children, must be formulated so that even children can understand them easily. None of the tested gaming apps adheres to this legal requirement, which is why Stiftung Warentest attests to all providers very clear flaws in the general terms and conditions. A majority of the apps also transfer more user data than would be necessary for the functionality of the game. What data is transmitted and where it ends up, however, remains a mystery.
Lawyers also found gross violations and inadmissible clauses in the terms and conditions, in which Angry Birds 2 puts the crown on the whole and would like to have a power of attorney to monitor the player. The makers of Angry Birds 2 also try to bring digital gems for 110 euros to the man (the child). That was not child-friendly, as the testers are.
You irrevocably consent to this monitoring and recording. Accordingly, you agree that you do not expect privacy, including, but not limited to, chats or voice messages.
Illegal clause from the terms and conditions for Angry Birds 2
Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers, Empires & Puzzles and the Android version of Helix Jump have no general terms and conditions, which at least fully German law applies.
Stiftung Warentest has published the profiles and results for all tested game apps and provides information on how the apps were tested. The overall verdict is frightening, but also the scores in the individual subdisciplines fall in many cases devastating.