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Children’s Privacy: Australia’s eSafety Commissioner says parents must be more vigilant – and listen more – to ensure kids’ online safety

A report published by eSafety shows a significant divide between risks parents think teens are exposed to online, including about suicide and violent sexual material, and what their kids actually see. Interestingly, while nearly 70% of teens told parents about negative experiences they’d had, only 51% of parents recalled them doing so.

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Your VPN may leave holes for access, according to CNET…and they say take care with ones from Five Eyes countries!

February 15, 2022

CNET compared Android VPNs to determine which only require critical permissions,and which others put privacy at risk by making unnecessary requests. CNET editors considered Surfshark, ExpressVPN, NorvidVPN, and IPVanish best in class, and identified a number of others as dangerous to privacy. Further, CNET editors warn that Five Eyes (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)-based VPNs can come with backdoor access to data.

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Children’s Privacy: Metaverse is a magnet for kids – and Meta’s not stopping them from being there, despite predator risks

February 15, 2022

Meta’s new virtual-reality app, Horizon Worlds is just for adults 18-up. But kids are finding their way in and, if history is any guide, child predators are likely to follow, according to Thorn, a tech nonprofit that works to protect kids from online abuse. Instagram, Minecraft, Fortniite and other social apps and games saw this happen, so it should come as no surprise to Meta – and should not be left untended.

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Independent Grocer Is First to Deploy Amazon Just Walk Out Technology

December 7, 2022

Here’s a retail story that doesn’t involve a media network – but don’t worry, it does feature Amazon, AI, and Kansas City.  Independent retailer Community Groceries will be the first non-Amazon company to deploy the Amazon One entry gate and Amazon’s Just Walk Out checkout technology.  Amazon One grants entry after reading your palm or credit card, while Just Walk Out tracks what customers put in their cart and charges for it.  O brave new world.

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