AEPD publishes recommendations to protect minors online

(Apr 9, 2020) The Spanish data protection authority, Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, is offering recommendations for parents and developers to protect minors from accessing inappropriate content online. For parents, the AEPD recommends secure search engines and content apps, as well as parental controls offered by platforms and manufacturers. For developers and content creators, it suggests verifying the identity or age of anyone attempting to access adult content, applying principles of data minimiz... Read More

Ill. man sues Google over collection of students' biometric data

(Apr 6, 2020) An Illinois resident is suing Google for allegedly collecting children’s biometric identifiers and other personal information, MediaPost reports. The class-action complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, focuses on Google’s educational programs and claims the company violates the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act. It states Google did not notify parents of why and for how long their children’s... Read More

COVID-19 privacy updates from France, Netherlands, Poland and more

(Apr 2, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy: The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, released a statement regarding its position on using location data to track COVID-19, saying emergency legislation must be adopted to do so lawfully. (Original post is in Dutch.) The French data protection authority, the CNIL, issued guidance on telework security measures. (Original post is in French.) Poland's data prote... Read More

FTC approves final settlement over stalking apps

(Mar 30, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced the approval of its final settlement with Retina-X Studios regarding violations stemming from its three stalking apps. The app developer was alleged to have breached the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act while failing to adopt appropriate information security measures or conduct proper oversight with its service providers. The settlement prohibits Retina-X and its owner from developing and marketing apps that don't have legitimate purpose while ... Read More

NM children’s privacy lawsuit can move forward, judge rules

(Mar 26, 2020) A U.S. district judge ruled a 2018 lawsuit filed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas against Twitter, Google and others over children’s privacy will move forward, The Associated Press reports. Balderas accused the companies of violating state and federal laws by collecting children’s information through mobile gaming apps without consent. Meanwhile, advocacy groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to obtain more detailed information from media and technology companies about the... Read More

Op-ed: Student privacy at risk with e-learning shift

(Mar 23, 2020) In an op-ed for The Washington Post, San Jose State University Professors Roxana Marachi and Lawrence Quill write about the student privacy dilemmas stemming from the sudden shift to online learning amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Noting how data is "the new oil" and the tech shifts represent "a watershed moment," Marachi and Quill opine there is every reason to suspect the world of education will not return to "business as usual" following the pandemic.Full Story... Read More

Google faces class-action children's privacy lawsuit

(Mar 19, 2020) A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court alleging Google collected personal information from her two children without obtaining parental consent, MediaPost reports. Paula Ridenti claims Massachusetts law allows private individuals to sue over activity the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has deemed unfair. The FTC settled with Google in September 2019 over alleged Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act violations. Ridenti said her children have consistently viewed YouTu... Read More

ICO issues reprimands to schools over improper use of children's images

(Mar 12, 2020) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office issued a pair of reprimands to schools for improperly disclosing children’s personal data. The first legal warning was sent to a Cheshire primary school. A class photograph was sent by the school to a local newspaper that contained the images of two students whose adoptive parents did not consent any form of sharing. The second was sent to a Humberside primary school for sending a class photo home to parents that included the image of a child whose adop... Read More

Proposed law to protect child online safety raises privacy concerns

(Mar 10, 2020) Security and privacy advocates say a bill intended to protect children from online predators could weaken end-to-end encryption and risks putting more children in danger, CNET reports. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act would require technology companies to meet standards established by a National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention. The standards are not yet known, but the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Securi... Read More

Sens. Markey, Blumenthal introduce KIDS Act

(Mar 6, 2020) U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act, The Verge reports. The bill would limit video platforms from recommending certain videos to children under the age of 16. The KIDS Act also targets design features. It would ban platforms from the use of autoplay features and push alerts designed to incentivize young users to stay on a platform for an extended period of time.Full Story... Read More