Children’s Privacy: France steps up to lead in children’s privacy with global initiative

The French government has announced creation of a Children Online Protection Laboratory with the goal of improving kids’ online safety globally. This continues a key priority of French President Emmanuel Macron, who made online protection of minors a key plank of his re-election campaign. The charter for the Children Online Protection Laboratory states it will explore, promote, develop and evaluate solutions to improve safety in the digital environment, and it will respect the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Plans are to bring together leaders from social organizations, governments, and businesses as well as researchers to identify strategies and develop frameworks and best practices to evolve policies that can best support children.

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An Amsterdam court ruled a Dutch civil class action led by rights groups Take Back Your Privacy (TBYP) and Consumentenbond against TikTok can proceed. Claims are that the Chinese company violated the privacy of 1.5 million children because it illegally collects their personal data – so the suit looks to obtain a minimum of €1,000 per child.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

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Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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