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7 Jul

Grameenphone, Telenor and UNICEF join hands in Bangladesh to protect children online

Unicef, Grameenphone and Telenor have signed a partnership agreement in Dhaka on 4 July, whereby through a project  titled 'Strengthening and Scaling Child Online Protection in Bangladesh’ they plan to train over 1.2 million children on cyber safety. The program will also train 4,00,000 parents, teachers and caregivers on how to support in protecting children online and expects to reach up to 20 million people through integrated communication campaign and around 50,000 people in taking supportive action. The project also aims to come up with an action plan to mainstream child protection online initiative in Bangladesh.

2 Jul

Tik Tok being investigated for issues in handling data related to children

 

 

The Chinese video sharing Tik Tok is being investigated in the UK for how it handles the personal data of children and the security measures it takes for children in their platform. This investigation which began in February this year was triggered by  the fine imposed on the company by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for similar violations

Addressing the parliamentary committee, Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner said that the company was potentially violating the general data protection regulation (GDPR) which “requires the company to provide different services and different protections for children”.

19 Jun

YouTube investigated for violating privacy of children

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)is investigating YouTube for violating the privacy of children after receiving several complaints from consumer groups and privacy organisations. The complainants claim that YouTube has failed to protect the children who use their services and collected their data which is in violation to the  Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), that forbids tracking children below 13 years.

13 Jun

Alexa sued for recording and storing children’s use without consent

 

A lawsuit has been filed in the  federal court of Seattle alleging Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, records children who use it, without consent, while saving the data recorded permanently. The complaint seeks a class action lawsuit for violating Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington privacy laws.

The complaint filed on behalf of a 10 year old girl from Massachusetts states ‘Alexa routinely records and voice prints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents,’.

11 Jun

Children below five more prone to internet addiction

In a report, UK based Children’s charity, Barnardo has raised concerns of the growing trend of Internet addiction among children aged five and below owing to early access to electronic devices. With substituting more and more family time to be online  the situation is not only affecting children’s mental health, but it also results in failure to think creatively, interact with others socially and manage emotions.

Barnardo Chief Executive Javed Khan stated ‘Although the internet offers incredible opportunities to learn and play, it also carries serious new risks from cyberbullying to online grooming… These risks can have a devastating impact on the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

 

11 Jun

Children below five more prone to internet addiction

In a report, Barnardo, a UK based Children’s charity has raised concerns of the growing trend of internet addiction among children aged five and below owing to their early access to electronic devices. With children substituting more and more family time to be on social media is not only affecting their mental health but also resulting in  failure to think creatively, interact with others socially and manage their own emotions.


Chief Executive  Bernardo, Javed Khan shared “Although the internet offers incredible opportunities to learn and play, it also carries serious new risks from cyber bullying to online grooming….These risks can have a devastating impact on the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.”

11 Jun

Children below five more prone to internet addiction

In a report, Barnardo, a UK based Children’s charity has raised concerns of the growing trend of internet addiction among children aged five and below owing to their early access to electronic devices. With children substituting more and more family time to be on social media is not only affecting their mental health but also resulting in  failure to think creatively, interact with others socially and manage their own emotions.

Chief Executive  Bernardo, Javed Khan shared “Although the internet offers incredible opportunities to learn and play, it also carries serious new risks from cyberbullying to online grooming….These risks can have a devastating impact on the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.”

7 Jun

UNICEF and others launch application to better protect children in South Sudan

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children, and a network of child protection organisations have jointly launched an online database and application to protect children in South Sudan in cases of emergencies. The app consists of a database of child protection cases, has the provision for taking photos and recording audio, which frontline caseworkers can update and monitor in real time, reducing administration time, making it easier to trace reunite children with their families while communicating among each other.

5 Jun

China releases draft Regulation on the Protection of Children’s Personal Information Online

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)  has released the draft Regulation on the Protection of Children’s Personal Information Online for network operators who collect, store, process, use, transfer or disclose personal information related to children below 14 years. Public comments are invited on this draft by 30 June, 2019. 

The draft regulation requires network operators to  notify and take consent before collecting personal information of children; setting up internal access controls to protect children's information, appointing a children's personal information protection officer. The draft also outlines the  obligations of third-party Processors and Joint Controllers, guidelines for sharing and disclosure of Children’s Personal Information, the rights of children and potential penalties for violation.

24 May

Facebook accused of leaving 'children broken as collateral damage' by UK inquiry

During an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), where evidence from various online companies such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google on the initiatives taken by them to combat child abuse online was heard, Facebook has been accused of leaving 'broken children as collateral damage' for their commercial aims.

Barrister William Chapman, representing the abused victims, argued that the social media companies were not taking adequate measures to prevent paedophiles from reaching out to  children online due to their business models and that the time had come for these platforms to be ‘fundamentally redesigned’. Few recommendations shared by the victims before the inquiry for the tech companies included paying compensation to the children abused by their services and to ban posing as a child online, without reasonable excuse.

 
 
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