Privacy concerns surround streamed video of newborn seized from Winnipeg hospital

(Jan 18, 2019) CBC News reports on a situation in which a video was posted of child welfare officials who seized a newborn child from Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Hospital. The uncle of the mother streamed the incident as Winnipeg Child and Family Services officials took the child. Fearless R2W Coordinator Mary Burton said the video could expose the family to judgment from viewers who do not know the circumstances behind the moment; however, she notes it can also shine a light on these types of seizures. Manitoba’s... Read More

Google asks judge to dismiss COPPA lawsuit

(Jan 17, 2019) Google asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by including apps developed by Tiny Lab in Google Play’s Designed for Families program, MediaPost reports. According to papers filed last week, the company argues it is not responsible for any violation of the law, adding, “Google Play is merely a platform for the sale or distribution of apps and the Federal Trade Commission — the agency charged with rulema... Read More

Top 10 podcasts privacy pros downloaded this year

(Dec 21, 2018) When her boss, Sam Pfeifle, charged IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, with creating a privacy-focused podcast a couple years ago, she was slightly annoyed. She didn't know anything about podcasts, she didn't even listen to podcasts, and it sounded like it was going to be some weekly chore she would dread. But then things took off, and privacy pros tuned in and started conversations about episodes they'd heard, and a whole community was born. This year's podcasts focused on everything from h... Read More

No more surveillance during the holidays, please

(Dec 21, 2018) Another holiday season is almost in the books, and people all over the world continue to look for the perfect gifts for the ones they love. As you decorate your tree, IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, wants you to please try to keep surveillance out of the holidays. From very creepy ornaments and decorations meant to scare kids into good behavior to intrusive devices spread across the home, it is very easy to let the holiday season slowly turn into a Santa nanny state. Chiavetta off... Read More

Here are your 10 most downloaded privacy podcasts of 2018

(Dec 20, 2018) Making this list was so much fun.  When my boss, Sam Pfeifle, charged me with creating a privacy-focused podcast a couple years ago, I was slightly annoyed. I didn't know anything about podcasts, I didn't even listen to podcasts, and it sounded like it was going to be some weekly chore I would dread.  I was so wrong. Growing a podcast not only turned out to be an incredibly satisfying creative outlet for me, but it also helped me to understand the industry and the people who staff it so much b... Read More

A plea to keep surveillance out of the holidays

(Dec 20, 2018) You better watch out. You better not cry.You better not pout I’m telling you why.Santa Claus sees all that you do.But it was alright, everything was alright, Christmas was finished. He had won a spot on the Nice List. He loved Kris Kringle. Another holiday season is almost in the books, and it seems like only yesterday I opined on the incredibly creepy "Elf Surveillance Dummy CCTV Camera." It is a mock device that "thoughtful" parents installed into the ceiling of their children's rooms to crea... Read More

Irish DPC launches public consultation of children's data rights

(Dec 20, 2018) The Irish Data Protection Commission has launched a public consultation on children’s data protection rights under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, The Irish Times reports. The consultation will have two parts: one focused on children and another focused on adults. The DPC seeks submissions from students, parents, educators and organizations that process children’s information. The agency will take the responses it receives from children and adults to create guidance materials, as well... Read More

FTC complaint alleges Google's marketing practices are misleading

(Dec 20, 2018) A group of 22 children’s and consumer organizations filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, alleging Google’s endorsement of children’s apps in its Google Play store is misleading, The New York Times reports. The complaint requests the FTC to investigate “whether Google is misrepresenting to parents that the apps in the Family section of the Play Store are child-appropriate when they are not,” which, they state, would be a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. The group also a... Read More

Podcast looks at COPPA and the difficulties of parenting in the digital age

(Dec 20, 2018) In the latest episode of “Their Own Devices,” Marc Groman, CIPP/US, formerly the senior privacy adviser for the Obama administration, and David Reitman, a doctor of adolescent medicine, interview Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Phyllis Marcus to find out why the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act uses the age of 13 as the line for children’s privacy protection and how it requires parents to actively engage with how their child accesses the internet. In the podcast, the hosts note that “Privacy... Read More

The ethics of posting children's photos online

(Dec 19, 2018) An article for The New Republic looks at the impact on children’s privacy as more users engage with Instagram and images of children flood the platform. Pointing to France, where a child can sue parents for posting pictures online without the child’s consent, the article explores the burgeoning "Instagram economy" and how children have become entangled in it. Questioning the ethical consideration of the parents, the article adds that Instagram “influencer” posts neglect both the “autonomy and th... Read More