The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed a rule that would increase the amount of security kids have when they go online, particularly when using mobile devices and data-sharing sites.
The new rule would be specifically designed to make sure that data culled from kids' online and app use was the responsibility of the issuing companies and third-party data brokers, according to a report from Reuters
. Previous to the proposal, the Children's Online Privacy Protection
Rule did not specify who was responsible.
Further, family websites would be allowed to determine whether users are under the age of 13 and therefore give their use added protections, the report said. Currently, there are as many as 7.5 million kids in this age group on Facebook despite the site attempting to prohibit their using it. Matt Cullina
is the chief executive officer for Identity Theft
911 and writes regularly about the issues kids face when using the Internet, and what both they and their parents can do to increase protection of their personal information.
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