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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the Data Protection authority, published a draft guidance document  on consent. The draft document offers brief guidance on how the requirement of consent by minors in the General Data Prot...

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...

A study prepared on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology reviewed policies in place in 29 countries (all EU Member-States excluding Croatia, as well as Norway and Iceland)...

On 10 March, a federal judge in California ruled that Facebook must face a nationwide class-action lawsuit over its refusal to provide refunds when children spend money on its website without parental permission. According to press reports, hundreds ...

The Federal Trade Commission has warned China-based developer BabyBus that its app range that teaches letters, numbers and shapes to children from ages one to six may be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule....

In an analysis of 40 websites popular among children, researchers found the majority of them tracked user activity, which may violate the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to COPPA, website operators and mobile app devel...

In light of children’s growing use of tablet computers, the Government reached an agreement with the four biggest internet service providers (ISPs) – TalkTalk, Virgin, Sky and BT – to introduce network level filters that would cover...

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 11 July, during a summit on child internet safety in London sponsored by Disney’s Club Penguin and AVG Technologies, Mothers’ Union chief executive Reg Bailey crticised the ‘complicity of parents’ who allow their children t...

Research by British mobile phone insurance website mobileinsurance.co.uk has revealed that 58% of parents of children under 11 years old who own a mobile phone do not monitor their children’s phone activity, with above a quarter justifying the ...

Amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) go into effect on 1 July. The new rule greatly expands what kind of data requires verified parental consent before being collected from a child under 13, including...

A bill introduced by California State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) aims at regulating privacy on social networking websites by enabling parents or legal guardians of children under 18 residing in California to request their child’s inf...

A draft bill introduced by Democrat California Assemblywoman Nora Campos in February 2013 would require websites or online services that collect information about under 18 years old residing in California to share this information with their parents,...

Apple has agreed to compensate the parents of a five-year-old child in the UK who spent £1,700 in less than 15 minutes by making in-app purchases in a free iPad game. The child had bought dozens of in-game ‘weapons’ and ‘...

An academic study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Pediatrics reveals that three-year-olds spend between 60 and 65 minutes in front of a screen on weekdays. During weekends, this number goes up to between 80 and 90 mi...

A report by British Broadcasting Authority Ofcom released on 23 October entitled “Children and Parents, Media Use and Attitudes Report” reveals the increasing role of the internet in children’s lives. For the first time, 12-15 year...

A study published in the September edition of the Journal “Society and Business Review” found that mothers of Indian children mediate the television adverts seen by their children in general and food adverts in particular. Also, unsurpris...




With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it's a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. Little surprise then that beginning next year the tech giant plans to create specific versio...

The Federal Trade Commission's proposed revisions of the rules that implement the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is well-meaning and well-timed. It's well-meaning in that the FTC truly does care about the privacy and safet...