print the article

Related articles
  1. How social media fuel violence in South Sudan
  2. The Kenya Internet Governance Forum
  3. China launches Tibetan-language search engine
  4. Church leaders in the Philippines warn against Pokemon Go addiction
  5. U.S. embassy to launch online exhibit on Mother Teresa
  6. New Salesian website for young Chileans
  7. Playing video games may sharpen skills learned at school.
  8. DOCAT App: a new app on the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching
  9. Pope Francis warns nuns against ‘wasting time’ on social media
  10. Bishops in Africa Encouraged to “Revolutionize Church media Presence”
  11. Social media sites obstruct children’s moral development, say parents
  12. Cyber Threats Masterclass for journalists and public information professionals
  13. Indian teacher develops more than 100 educational apps
  14. Why Facebook is so terrifying to media companies
  15. Radio Veritas launches ‘Catholic Info Hub’
  16. UNESCO training for press councils of South East Europe and Turkey on online media ethics
  17. Combating Online Hate Speech and Youth Radicalization
  18. Conference on “Youth and Social Media: Fight against Violence and Extremism”
  19. How to share mercy across the social media platforms
  20. New App for Salesian leaders and youth workers
  21. Using Modern Communication Channels to Evangelize
  22. ChurchPOP website joins EWTN
  23. Report on Social media and Hate Speech in Ethiopia
  24. News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016
  25. Kenyan girls learning IT skills at school
  26. Periscope: a mobile app to use with caution
  27. Catholics online should be better users
  28. New technologies are shaping the future of our societies
  29. "Vibecampo": the next big social network in Kenya?
  30. Browsing the web safely contest run by Google India
  31. Using tablets as a learning tool in India
  32. Who tweets the most in Africa ?
  33. A video game to raise awareness in Senegal
  34. A Salesian pedagogy site
  35. New Internet domain extension for Catholic institutions
  36. SIGNIS Easy Web, the simple way to create your own Catholic Internet site
  37. AMECEA organizes a Forum for Conference ICT Coordinators
  38. Technology alone cannot drive authentic communication
  39. Pope Francis launches "Franciscus" Instagram account
  40. New app to help women fight cyber-abuse
  41. The power of images: Francis met Instragram Cofounder
  42. The homework gap
  43. How are children in developing countries protected online?
  44. Mobile internet transforms the way Nigeria does business
  45. Keeping the digital ads away from you
  46. New languages added onto Google Translate
  47. Windows 10 Pro for schools at $1 in India
  48. Don Bosco is present in the digital world
  49. Catholic archdiocese solicits support for premier Christian social media
  50. Visit churches on line with Google street view
  51. Young ignore ’social media age limit’
  52. Bombay Archdiocese launches app for iOS users
  53. Twitter unveils emojis for Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico
  54. AMECEA Secretariat established ICT coordination office
  55. US bishop stresses use of social media in reaching youth
  56. Twitter’s outage reminds us social media is taking over our lives
  57. Pakistan unblocks YouTube after three-year blasphemy ban
  58. How many people use social media in Africa?
  59. New York Public Library releases vast digital image collection
  60. Bible App brings Week of Prayer texts to smartphones
  61. Pope’s Twitter accounts have more than 26 million followers
  62. Mobile apps assist Catholics in freezing northeast China
  63. Christian social network ‘free of sins’
  64. Facebook’s “free internet” programme hits a roadblock in India
  65. For parental controls, iPhones beat Androids
  66. Cybercrime becomes a formation theme for the Salesian family
  67. UN officials urge bridging digital divide to ‘power’ sustainable development
  68. Facebook helps to fight rape in DRC
  69. Urine-powered socks can send message in emergency
  70. Islamic State hacked website of a Syriac Catholic Church in Australia
  71. Cyber-protection for children
  72. At school and at home, how much does the Internet know about kids?
  73. A new National Digital Library in India
  74. Liking on Facebook good for teens stress, being liked... not so much
  75. Growing kids, shrinking screens: how they could stay safe online
  76. Internet, the Church and COP21.
  77. Official websites and social media accounts for the Pope’s trip to Africa
  78. Catholic primate concerned at trends in social media
  79. Apple to use 100% solar power in Singapore
  80. Internet shut down in Bangladesh following death penalty sentences
  81. Vatican looks to learn from Asian social media strengths
  82. A European Declaration for clear, fair, inclusive and transparent rules for the internet.
  83. Free mobile app to facilitate safer childbirth in Ethiopia
  84. Attacks in Paris - the role of Social Media
  85. Nigerian teenagers create super-fast Android web browser
  86. Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda: website and logo launched
  87. Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says
  88. Facebook messenger can now recognise faces, but will the EU allow it?
  89. BOSCOM interacts with youth about social media
  90. Improvements in Internet Freedom in India in 2015
  91. The role of social media in Europe’s migrant crisis
  92. Indian author Christopher C. Doyle believes Internet, social media distract children
  93. Nauru in hot seat as U.N. decries internet blocking, clampdown on free expression
  94. Behind the beauty of Social Media
  95. World Internet freedom keeps eroding
  96. Net Neutrality: Major Setback for Free and Open Internet
  97. Facebook’s Internet for All Is a tough sell in India
  98. Abouna.org wins award for best Arab Christian website
  99. Hawaii Catholic Schools launched new digital presence
  100. Online missionaries learn about ‘evangelization app’
  101. Faith, hope and Call of Duty: 21st century spirituality
  102. Reflections on "Internet addiction" by Fr Roy Cimagala
  103. Google’s Digital Library stays online
  104. Hackers target Vatican internet site
  105. What is the US Catholic Church’s view of the Internet?
  106. Social Media: the still undiscovered frontier of Family
  107. News coverage of the papal visit in the U.S.
  108. UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals
  109. Universal internet access through solar powered balloons in Sri Lanka
  110. Digital detox and Internet Addiction Disorder
  111. Jesuits, communication and ecology
  112. Vatican launches digital library on Church and communications
  113. Social media make people lonely, said Francis
  114. Communication and privacy : Technological progress, iPhones and Malware
  115. SIGNIS India : Seminar on the use of social media
  116. Social media: instrument of dialogue or religious hatred?
  117. SIGNIS Facebook Page Reaches 1,000 Likes
  118. AMECEA Urges Communicators to Embrace ICT
  119. Communications et Société Renews Online Presence
  120. SIGNIS Services Rome Launches New Website
  121. Pope Benedict XVI Launches Twitter Account
  122. Fides Agency: 85 Years of Service to the Missionary World
  123. New Social Website "Aleteia" Seeks the Truth in the Digital World
  124. Vatican Launches New Information and Media Portal: News.va
  125. Vatican Announces Creation of New Web Page
  126. Surviving in a 24/7 Media Shock and Awe - Disturbed by Everything
  127. PICTURE Study Reveals the Importance of Internet for Priests
  128. Vatican Launches Twitter Feed
  129. Catholic Media Directory "Intermirifica" Presented in Brazil
  130. Survey on Priests and Internet
  131. Church Examins Its Use of Internet
  132. Launch of Cath News Asia - A New Online Service of UCA News
  133. Vatican Website Introduces Chinese Section
  134. Vatican Launches Youtube Channel
  135. Catholic Communications Solomon Launches Website
  136. The Christian Web and Blog Awards 2008
  137. WYD 2008: One Million Visitors to www.wydcrossmedia.org
  138. H2ONews: SIGNIS World Congress 2009
  139. H2ONews: The Church Takes the World of Cinema Seriously
  140. Streaming Video on Internet Seen as New Way to Spread Gospel
  141. H2Onews Launches New Multimedia Catholic News Service
  142. University of California, Berkeley goes on to YouTube
  143. Indian Catholic Webmaster Honoured For Outstanding Contribution To "Cyber Journalism"
  144. Salt + Light Television Launches Daily Catholic Webcast
  145. Zenit Launches Arabic Edition in Collaboration with Radio Vatican
  146. Vatican Launches Digital Papal Photo Archive
  147. God Games: Creating Christian Video Games
  148. SIGNIS launches new website
  149. Launching of the new portal ’ICT Success Stories’
  150. 11th European Christian Internet Conference in London

At school and at home, how much does the Internet know about kids?

Brussels, Washington DC, December 11th, 2015 (SIGNIS/Npr). Children’s personal information isn’t supposed to be an online commodity. But whether kids are using Google apps at school or Internet-connected toys at home, they’re generating a stream of data about themselves. And some advocates say that information can be collected too easily and sometimes, protected too poorly.

Last month, a hacker stole personal information and photos of more than six million children after breaking into the computer records of an educational toy company, VTech.
VTech says that they’ve since hired a security company to deal with the breach.

JPEG - 11.3 kb
A child playing with the Kidizoom Multimedia Digital Camera made by VTech in 2009.

The issue, of course, spans beyond VTech. In the toy world, there’s the new Internet-connected Barbie doll, which has also been found to have security flaws, for example. And privacy advocates have long waged a battle against cookies and other data collection based on kids’ Internet activity.

Google is one of the companies that have come under fire. A nonprofit advocacy group called Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over Google’s data mining practices. More than half of classroom computers in the U.S. are Chromebooks and many students and teachers are using Google Apps For Education, a group of tools that include Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and the purpose-built Google Classroom.

Anya Kamenetz of NPR’s Ed Team and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, a staff writer for the tech news website Motherboard who has reported on the VTech data hack, spoke to All Things Considered about the issue of children’s privacy. Here are a few takeaways.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:
On the VTech hacker’s motivation: their services are really easy to break into. There are a lot of personal data that are easily accessible.

On what the hacker discovered: it’s possible to figure out who the kids are. The children database only had their first names, so you couldn’t really identify the children. But from some other data in the files, Troy Hunt (an Internet security analyst) realized that you could actually link the two databases and figure out who the kids were, who were their parents, and effectively find where the kids lived.

On sharing addresses with toy companies: If you’re a parent and you buy a V-Tech toy, put in a fake address. If the company doesn’t need that address, you might want to not give it out. And that way, there’s no damage there.

On planning for the future: The big takeaway here is that these things can happen, and as we connect more stuff to the Internet, we’re going to lose data. That’s unfortunate but that’s the reality. So we have to accept it and find ways to limit the damage if it happens — and also, hold more companies accountable as well.

Anya Kamenetz
On what happens when you type a search into Google: When you log in to Google, whether you’re using search, or Maps, or gmail, you have one account, following you around — sometimes literally in the physical world — and it’s collecting information. When you’re logged in and using Chrome, which is their web browser, Google can actually, with permission, track your entire browsing history, every site you visit. And Google uses all this data to better target ads and search results and to improve its services, not only for you but for everyone.

On why that can pose a problem in schools: For students, the rules are supposed to be a little bit different. When students are using the Google Apps for Education and "Core Services" within them — gmail, docs, sheets, slides — Google says that they don’t collect personal data to target ads. In fact, they stopped collecting student data for ad-targeting last year after a California lawsuit questioned that practice.
But the EFF says that there’s a little bit of a sliding door, a back door: when students are logged into their student Google accounts but they’re using other Google services like YouTube videos or they’re searching Maps — that Google is collecting that information after all. And when students are using Chrome on these school-issued computers, they’re browsing the web and Google potentially has access to their entire browsing history as well.

On legal implications of such data collection: That depends on who you ask. Google denies any wrongdoing here. They have signed a voluntary but binding pledge called the Student Privacy Pledge, along with 200 other companies. And that pledge says that Google will seek parental authorization before collecting data that isn’t being used explicitly for educational purposes. And EFF told that they’re not necessarily digging into what Google is doing with this information, they just want Google to get permission.


print the article