Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"The Kids are Alright"

A study of the privacy habits of parents and their teens on social networks


In October 2010 TRUSTe announced the results of a nationwide survey of both parents and their teens investigating their privacy habits and preferences on social networks. We wanted to know a lot of things, like: how often do teens use privacy controls on social networks? Do parents talk to their teens about privacy? Do parents know what their teens are actually up to on social networks? What we found contradicts much of the hype we see claiming that teens today are online exhibitionists who don’t care about privacy. We found instead that a majority of teens use privacy controls on social networks and that most parents actively monitor their teen's privacy. The survey title, "The Kids are Alright*", reflects these positive finding, however the asterisk in the title indicates that there is still room for improvement as we identified some privacy areas where teens are at risk on social networks.

Teach kids online security basics

Encourage kids to keep passwords secret

By: Microsoft Safety & Security Center
If you're a parent, you can help your kids use the Internet safely by teaching some basic rules. Here are some basic lessons that parents can help their kids learn.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Protect Kids Online

By: The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov

Kids have lots of opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule: Not Just for Kids' Sites

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule seeks to put parents in control of what information commercial websites collect from their children online.  Most companies that run websites directed to children under 13 are aware of their responsibilities under the COPPA Rule.  But if you run a site directed to a general audience or operate an ad network, plug-in, or other third-party service used by kid-directed sites, you may have COPPA compliance obligations, too.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

How to protect your online privacy

There are simple steps everyone should take to keep sensitive communications safe

By: Stephen Armstrong / wird.co.uk

Recent leaks from US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and US court records, have revealed the US government's appetite for data surveillance, and that of the British intelligence agency GCHQ, which intercepted senior foreign politicians' communications during the G20 summit in 2009. And as the Leveson Inquiry showed, journalists are no strangers to intrusive snooping.
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UN backing universal privacy right

By: Peter James Spielmann

The UN General Assembly's human rights committee has unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance, following months of reports about US eavesdropping abroad. [Read more...]

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Internet privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy

Internet privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy concerning the storing, repurposing, providing to third-parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself via the Internet. Privacy can entail both Personally Identifying Information (PII) or non-PII information such as a site visitor's behavior on a website. PII refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual. For example, age and physical address alone could identify who an individual is without explicitly disclosing their name, as these two factors are unique enough to typically identify a specific person [Read more from: Wikipedia].