Spain's DPA releases guidance on data processing for wellness, education apps

(Sep 19, 2019) The Spanish Agency for Data Protection published guidance for education and wellness applications that process personal data. The guidance is not only intended for the organizations that are responsible for processing the data, but also for the developers of the apps. The DPA’s document identifies practices that may negatively impact user privacy and solutions and alternatives to avoid such behavior. The AEPD and Polytechnic University of Madrid analyzed the 10 most-popular wellness and educatio... Read More

Amazon asks judge to send children's privacy lawsuit to arbitration

(Sep 17, 2019) MediaPost reports Amazon has asked U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones to send a children’s privacy lawsuit to arbitration. A group of parents filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech company for allegedly storing children’s voiceprints through Alexa devices without consent. The plaintiffs claim this practice violates privacy laws in eight states, including Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “The plaintiffs’ parents in this suit, who signed up for and then permitted their chi... Read More

Inside the Privacy Shield annual review: Increasing common ground

(Sep 16, 2019) Dozens of senior U.S. and EU government officials gathered at the National Press Club in Washington last week for the Privacy Shield annual review. They were joined by officials from data protection authorities in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Hungary to discuss whether the three-year-old framework is functioning as intended. I had the opportunity to catch up with Privacy Shield Director Alex Greenstein shortly after the review concluded Friday evening to get his take on how it all wen... Read More

New book discusses perils of parents sharing kids' personal details online

(Sep 16, 2019) In a book review for The New Yorker, Hua Hsu takes a look at Leah Plunkett’s “Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online,” which details the pitfalls of parents sharing private details of their children’s lives over the internet. Hsu writes that children’s consent and a general unconsciousness to potential data loss are two areas Plunkett sees going unconsidered as parents divulge their kids’ information. Plunkett describes “a set of questions, about data and privacy, ... Read More

Op-ed: Children's digital rights, privacy need updates in Singapore

(Sep 12, 2019) In an op-ed for Today, Singapore University of Technology and Design Communication and Technology Professor Sun Sun Lim writes that recent amendments to Singapore's Children and Young Persons Act fell short regarding protections and improvements to children's digital rights and privacy. Lim said that new amendments, which include raising the protected age from 16 to 18, should have come with ways to ensure children "enjoy the rights to privacy from their data being harvested and mined for profit... Read More

CNIL releases guidance on smartwatches for children

(Sep 12, 2019) France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, released guidance for parents on the potential privacy concerns around smartwatches directed toward children. The CNIL advises parents to measure both the benefits and risks of the smartwatches and for parents to talk to their children when their privacy is impacted. Before parents purchase a smartwatch for their kids, the CNIL recommends examining what data the smartwatch will collect, avoiding purchasing cheaper devices, and looking up customer rev... Read More

China to address facial recognition, apps in schools

(Sep 12, 2019) BBC News reports Chinese Ministry of Education Director of Science and Technology Lei Chaozi has vowed to limit and regulate the use of facial-recognition software and other apps in schools. Chaozi voiced the ministry's stance after privacy concerns were raised regarding a Chinese university beginning a pilot program for tech that could monitor student attendance and behaviors. "We need to be very careful when it comes to students' personal information," Chaozi said. "Don't collect it if it's no... Read More

Efforts underway to change NY student privacy law

(Sep 12, 2019) The Washington Post reports the New York Board of Regents has begun exploring ways to change the state's student privacy legislation. The board seeks to allow school contractors that administer tests, including the College Board or American College Testing, to collect and use student data for marketing purposes. New York's law was originally passed in 2014, but its first draft regulations came about in 2018. Both the College Board and ACT explained that they use student data appropriately and do... Read More

Brazil to investigate Google over children's data collection

(Sep 11, 2019) ZDNet reports Brazil's Ministry of Justice and Public Safety will probe Google over potential children's privacy violations. The investigation will focus on allegations that Google has been collecting children's data for targeted advertising. The ministry's review comes while the National Consumer Secretariat continues an investigation from August that is looking into potential breaches of privacy by Google through location data.Full Story... Read More

Podcast: Is the FTC's COPPA settlement with YouTube a 'game-changer'?

(Sep 6, 2019) This week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game-changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Google will pay $170 million, and YouTube must implement various changes to the way it manages content creators on its site and the way it treats content geared toward children. It's the largest COPPA settlement ever obtained, but there has been criticism, including from FTC commi... Read More