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New research published by online platform SuperAwesome reveals that by the time a child turns 13, (adult) advertising tech companies will have unintentionally collected 72 million data-points on them. Regardless of how children access digital conten...

In a new report entitled: “State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World report”, UNICEF discusses key issues surrounding children’s online activities, including data protection. While taking a critical stance on ...

The Global Kids Online (GKO) Research, a collaborative initiative between the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the London School of Economics and Political Science and EU Kids Online, released its Synthesis Report 2015 -2016. The qu...

Last week, the World Medical Association (WMA), an international and independent confederation of free professional medical associations, adopted a "Statement on Obesity in Children” which provides a set of recommendations to thwart the growing...

Ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Püras, urged governments worldwide to regulate advertisi...

Consumers International (CI) has launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #JunkFoodGames to draw attention to food and beverage companies' sponsorship of the UEFA 2016 Euro football tournament and of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Th...

On 10 May, the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (“Lancet Youth”), established as a network of academics, policy makers, practitioners, and young health advocates released its report. The paper includes a review of rese...

A review paper of the most recent scientific literature concludes that food-related advertisements and other marketing communication tools can have an influence on children’s beliefs and behaviours and may affect their intake of food of differe...

On 25 January, the WHO-appointed Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) released its long awaited report which calls on governments, among a package of 36 recommendations, to reduce the exposure of children and adolescents to, and the power of...

A database used by 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans worldwide, likely including many children, was discovered online after servers were hit last month. The official online community database for Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters sanriotown.com inc...

On 27 November, Hong Kong-based electronic toy maker VTech announced that a database featuring the names, birthdays and genders of over 200,000 children worldwide as well as information about 4.8m parents such as their email and home addresses had be...

According to news reports, Google launched its YouTube Kids app in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, nine months after its debut in the Unites States (see AEF Alert 23/02/2015). YouTube Kids is a family-fri...

On 15 November, the NCD Alliance (NCDA) and Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) adopted the Sharjah Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), following the Global NCD Alliance Forum, held in the United Arab Emirates on 14/15 November. Advocacy g...

On 29 September, WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity released a draft final report in which it calls for statutory restrictions on the marketing of sugar-sweetened non-alcoholic beverages and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods (‘unhe...

On 15 September, in her speech to the 65th annual session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said that: “protecting children from the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages is harder than protect...

The results of a joint research project which looked at 1,494 websites and apps targeted at or popular with children were released earlier this month and highlight poor privacy practices. The monitoring exercise, conducted last May by the ...

SERMO, the leading global social network for physicians, released results of a poll which found that 69% of doctors believe that parents are either completely or mostly to blame for the childhood obesity. Only 30 % of respondents said parents are som...

On 22 June, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan gave a speech at the third meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) in Hong Kong during which she highlighted the need for regulatory and statutory approaches to reduce the marketi...

29 data protection authorities (DPAs) in 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia,...

On 19 February, the Lancet journal published a series of six papers on the topic of obesity. In an academic study entitled: “Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture”, researchers including Tim Lobstein from the World Obesit...

A World Health Organisation (WHO) study published in Frontiers in Public Health claims the consumption of energy drinks will become a significant public health problem if their use among young people is not addressed through a cap on caffeine levels ...

The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, published a report on the impact of advertising and marketing practices on cultural rights, where she denounces almost all forms of commercial advertising – ...

The CEOs of some of the world’s leading food and non-alcoholic beverage companies, including Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Nestlé, have agreed on a new policy for responsible advertising to children. The commitments, created in conjunction ...

On 5 September, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and partners of the Child Online Protec...

IDEC, Proteste, El Poder del Consumidor, Instituto Alana and Consumers international Office for Latin America and the Caribbean have signed a letter to McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson urging him to remove Ronald McDonald from schools. The letter -...

On 10 July, as world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of Ban-Ki moon, delivered a speech on behalf of the UN Sec...

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, presenting final report to the UN Human Rights Council this week. He blames “junk food” for the global obesity epidemic and urges the international community to dea...

On 18 June, the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of its Health & Wellness Resolutions, published in June 2011. The forum is a global industry network representing over 400 members f...

Consumers International (CI) has launched a social media campaign aimed at condemning the sponsorship of the football World Cup by manufacturers of “unhealthy food”. The campaign invites individuals to use the hashtag #JunkFoodWorldCup&nb...

In a statement issued on 19 May at the opening of the World Health Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier de Schutter called for a global agreement to tackle the obesity epidemic, which should include a consensus on the need for...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) published its 2013 compliance monitoring report, revealing a 96.9% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. Since 2009...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has today published a 10-point obesity action plan in which it calls on governments to strengthen consumers’ protection, primarily children, from “inducements to consume unheal...

Unicef has released draft Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection providing advice on how industry can work to help ensure children’s safety when using the internet on all platforms. The draft guidelines – which call for limiti...

Google has introduced a new feature this week to its Chrome web browser called "supervised users" which allows parents to monitor and control the browsing behaviour of their children. The tool, which comes after growing concerns that children are ex...

On 26 September, McDonald’s announced that it will only promote water, milk and juice as the beverages in Happy Meals on menu boards and in-store and external advertising.  Soda will still be available with the meals but parents would need...

In an academic article published online on 12 July in the Journal Obesity Reviews, authors Dr Tim Lobstein and Sara Emami express doubts about the impact and effectiveness of industry self-regulatory advertising codes. They argue that the evidence gi...

A study by IASO Tim Lobstein released in the journal Pediatric Obesity finds that the EU Pledge’s recently agreed common nutritional criteria for food marketing to children under 12 are too tolerant for sugary products including breakfast cerea...

On 5 June, WHO issued a Global nutrition policy review in which it notes that many low- and middle-income countries are neglecting overweight and obesity as major health threats, with only one third of surveyed countries regulating the marketing of f...

The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new international index released on 12 March, ranked the 25 largest food and beverage manufacturers based on their nutrition practices, including their efforts to address the problems of undernut...

On 20 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled “Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges related to Measuring Information Security, Privacy and the Protection of Children Onli...

On 9 November, the WHO released a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) calling on national governments to report on policies to reduce the impact of food and drink marketing to children fo...

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA)’s 2011 compliance monitoring report reveals a 97.6% compliance rate for advertising and marketing communications to children on television and 100% on internet and print. For this third ann...

On 12 March, UNICEF released the Children's Rights and Business Principles – a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the impact of business on the rights and well-being of children. In the list of 10 principles, number 6 cal...

A report released on 6 March by Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, recommends a ban on foods high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, sodium and sugar (HFSS foods) since self-regulatory initiatives do not effectively p...

On 16 February, the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) adopted a recommendation to member states’ governments calling for enhanced children’s online protection. The Council is the OECD decis...

An industry-funded report entitled: “Children’s use of mobile phones — An international comparison 2011” released in November surveyed mobile phone use of eight to 18 year old children, comparing four geographically widespread...

The United Nations General Assembly held a High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs – lifestyle-related diseases) in New York on 19-20 September. The Summit, attended by Health Ministers and some Heads of State and Government, focu...

On 12 September Consumers International (CI) published a Manual for monitoring food marketing to children, ahead of the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases, to be held in New York on 19-20 September. The manual, designed for health authorities, co...

On 26 August, three weeks ahead of the UN High-Level Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Lancet Journal released a special issue on obesity. In an editorial piece calling for a framework convention for obesity control, the authors condemn...

On 16 June, Consumers’ International (CI) released a set of recommendations which it would like to see adopted at the UN high-level summit on non-communicable diseases that will take place in New York on 18 and 19 September 2011. CI calls on w...

On 15 June, during the inauguration of its annual Global Summit, held until 17 June in Barcelona, Spain, the Consumer Goods Forum announced the adoption of 24 commitments for the food and non-food consumer goods sectors, in a series of resolutions on...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has published a set of 'Obesity Outcomes' which it would like to see adopted at the forthcoming first UN High-Level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19 and 20 September 2011. ...

In the current edition of the “Public Health Nutrition” Journal, Corinna Hawkes from the Centre for Food Policy in the UK and Jennifer L. Harris from the Yale Rudd Center, review and analyse the various “food industry pledges”...

A survey of 2,089 online households conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 20 million minors actively used Facebook in the past year - 7.5 million were under 13 years old, circumventing the social network’s policy...

On 5 May 2011, the Children's Rights & Business Principles Initiative (CRBPI) led by UNICEF, the United Nations Global Compact and Save the Children, launched an international consultation on the draft "Children's Rights & Business Principles...

On 27 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report on Non communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control, which was held this week in Moscow. The report &nb...

On 22 March, an alliance of public health NGOs including the World Heart Federation, the International Diabetes Foundation and the Union for International Cancer Control unveiled a series of recommendations for Heads of State and Government, ahead of...

Consumers International (CI) recently published an online guide to help national consumer organisations design and run successful campaigns addressing food marketing to children. The “Junk Food Generation Toolkit” provides information, id...