The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Monday it is participating in an international "sweep" of websites and mobile applications to help safeguard the privacy of children. The office said in a press release Monday that it will participate in an international initiative by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network that will pay close attention to online entities that target children this week. “We know from previous privacy sweeps that mobile apps and websites often collect an immense amount of personal information,” Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said in the release. “Children are more connected than ever before and these platforms must bear that in mind when seeking potentially sensitive data such as name, location or email address.” The office said some of the initiative will look at whether websites and apps seek parental involvement, if users are redirected to other sites, the ease with which personal information can be deleted and whether the communication is easy to understand for the targeted age group. The privacy commissioner's office said last year's sweep, which focused on mobile apps in general, resulted in developers agreeing to make changes to 136 different apps.