Innovation & Kids' Privacy: Can They Coexist?
The days of the abacus are long gone - replaced by abacus apps. Stuffed animals are being replaced by app pals like Calls from Elmo. For better or worse, the way children play and learn has changed and privacy remains a concern as technology becomes a larger part of their daily lives. Parents and children want access to the latest, greatest technology and apps. However, federal laws restrict common app features (analytics, email, rate this app) in anything online directed to children under the age of 13. Developers are eager to provide parents and children the latest and greatest. Regulators are eager to sue anyone that collects personal information from kids without consent. Do we really have to choose between innovation and children's privacy?
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- What are current laws that impact the way technology is made for kids?
- What is the cost of compliance? Does it hurt innovation? Does it hurt the pocketbook?
- What are developers doing to provide innovative technology for kids while keeping privacy in mind?
- What should parents do to encourage both policy makers and developers to understand the fine line between privacy and innovation?
- How can developers and policy makers work together to provide parents and children what they want: innovative products that respect children's privacy?
Sara Kloek Association for Competitive Technology
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