Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Debate: How Do We Protect Children on Smartphones?

According to this article from the Wall Street Journal:


There is currently a debate brewing as to whether or not cell phone apps should automatically allow data sharing and inter connectivity when children can so easily access their product and share data without parental consent.

"The software industry is bracing for new regulations that it says will stifle creativity and saddle small businesses with legal and technical costs to ensure their cellphone apps don’t run afoul of the rules. The changes, which the FTC is expected to approve this week, would update a 14-year-old law prohibiting the collection of personal information from preteens. It raises these questions: What is the value of a child’s privacy on the Internet, and who should pay for it?" - via WSG.

What do you think? Should we give privacy the benefit of the doubt when it comes to children or should developers be able to make whatever products they choose?

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