Providing for your children’s safety online has always been a hot topic, but recently even the likes of McDonald’s have come under fire for their lack of privacy online with children.
In today’s New York Times, author Natasha Singer writes about children’s advocacy groups filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission yesterday about the lack of privacy practices on various organization’s Web sites. This all refers to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).
As parents we mostly look at what is on the surface and what our kids are looking at or reading. We don’t normally think of what is happening behind the scenes. There are petabytes of databases out there gathering more and more information about us and our children. Every six months or so and article will pop up about various types of tracking on kids sites and all the cookies.
Some articles I found interesting even today was an Ars Technica article written by Jacqui Cheng where she wrote about lawsuits against about Disney and other children sites that had zombie cookies that just wouldn’t go away.
Additionally, James C. Styer wrote a poignant article about children’s privacy on The Atlantic saying, that the privacy of our kids are more important that the profits that come from their Web surfing. To quote a portion of his article, “The problem is that very few in the data and profit driven tech industry appears to be considering the consequences of all this “transparency and sharing,” especially when it comes to children and teens who don’t know any better.” I couldn’t agree more.
Unfortunately, until the world catches up with the need to protect our children, it will be up to the few of us to be the village around our children and work to educate those that are less adept at technology.
What have you done to help protect your kids from becoming a big data statistic?