Report calls for connected device safeguards to protect children

(Sep 19, 2018) A new report about how in-home smart devices could be collecting and sharing children’s data calls for the implementation of safeguards to protect children’s privacy, TechCrunch reports. Veronica Barassi of Goldsmiths, University of London, authored the report and has submitted it to the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office in response to its call for evidence as it prepares to draft a code on "age appropriate design." Barassi wrote, “We’ve seen privacy concerns raised about smart toys and AI ... Read More

FBI warns against ed tech cyberthreats

(Sep 18, 2018) The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation released a public service announcement warning students, parents and teachers about potential cyberthreats associated with education technology, EdScoop reports. The agency states malicious actors could use sensitive data to target children for social-engineering schemes, bullying and identity theft. The FBI also offered recommendations on vetting education technology, including looking at privacy laws as they apply to ed tech, learning how ed tech is use... Read More

Reps. ask Google about YouTube collecting data from children

(Sep 18, 2018) Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., are seeking a response from Google on YouTube’s data-collection practices and whether the subsidiary is violating the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Multichannel News reports. The two representatives sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons asking for information on whether YouTube’s child services programs are flagged to prevent data collection, if algorithms conside... Read More

Privacy breach among reasons for professor's firing

(Sep 14, 2018) CBC News reports a breach of privacy was among the reasons why Acadia University fired a controversial professor. Rick Mehta had been accused of harassing and intimidating students and colleagues. One of the complaints against Mehta states the former professor posted a recording to a publicly available Dropbox account for one of his classes where a student discussed the instance in which she was raped. "This action further demonstrates your disregard for the privacy rights of students and sugges... Read More

New Mexico attorney general files lawsuit against app developer, ad platforms for violating COPPA

(Sep 13, 2018) New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab Productions, maker of children’s game apps, and online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, arguing they violated the federal children’s privacy law, The New York Times reports. The suit also claims that Google misled consumers by placing apps in the family section of its store, challenging the company’s vetting process. The filing states that while the apps were marketed for children, they shared a user’s geolocation, demographi... Read More

#MeToo por los menores de edad: cibercrimen y aprobación legal del Convenio de cibercriminalidad en Colombia

(Sep 11, 2018) La criminalidad contra los menores de edad es una tendencia creciente que atenta contra las personas más vulnerables en virtud de su inocencia, inmadurez psicológica y vulnerabilidad como seres humanos en formación. Las cifras presentadas por la Policía Nacional de Colombia, respecto del abuso en línea contra menores de edad, son graves. Éstas exigen un esfuerzo multilateral de diversos actores nacionales e internacionales en la lucha contra estos crímenes. La legislación penal colombiana hoy, c... Read More

Big Brother Watch releases 'The State of Surveillance in 2018' report

(Sep 6, 2018) Big Brother Watch has released its report, “The State of Surveillance in 2018.” In the report, the advocacy group covers a number of topics related to the effects surveillance has had on different groups in the U.K., including efforts targeting protesters and marginalized groups, the increased surveillance of children, and the ways surveillance laws harm journalists and lawyers. “The rapid emergence of new surveillance technologies is being matched by their fast and often lawless adoption by pri... Read More

UK home secretary delivers speech on protecting children's safety online

(Sep 6, 2018) In a speech delivered Sept. 3, U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke on protecting children from abuse, particularly from online exploitation, outlining opportunities in public-private partnerships to curb the proliferation of abuse. In the speech, Javid stated the National Crime Agency conservatively estimates 80,000 people in the U.K. present some kind of sexual threat to children online and that since 2013, there has been a 700 percent increase in the number of referrals to the NCA for this t... Read More

Privacy concerns surround schools using social media–monitoring services

(Sep 6, 2018) The New York Times reports on schools signing up for social media–monitoring services designed to examine students’ activities, specifically following school shootings. More than 100 universities and public school districts have signed up for companies to analyze the social media behavior of their students. The monitoring companies have seen spikes in sales following notable instances of school violence. As the services grow in popularity, privacy concerns have emerged as schools gather large am... Read More

Vendor releases GDPR platform aimed at children's data

(Aug 31, 2018) Privacy Vaults Online Inc. has released a tool designed to help companies comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation when handling children's information. The company's GDPRkids compliance program aims to work with the creators of children's websites, applications, connected toys and platforms to ensure they do not violate the rules. "It's time for publishers and developers to take privacy seriously and that could not be more true when it comes to children's privacy," PRIVO Vice Presi... Read More