Proposed U.S. Regulations Aim to Improve Online Privacy Protections for Kids

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed significant changes to enhance the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which restricts the online tracking of children by various digital services. The new rules would limit the use of children’s data for advertising and prolonging the time they spend on platforms. The changes would also strengthen security requirements and limit the collection of student data by educational tech providers. The chair of the FTC, Lina M. Khan, emphasized that the new rules prioritize safeguarding children’s data and prohibit firms from outsourcing their responsibilities to parents. The proposal is up for public comment for 60 days before a final vote by the commission.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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