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Children’s Privacy: New age-check tools touted by Instagram seem more about age classification (and data collection??) than safety of kids

Instagram is testing new age verification tools, which could be good, however the company objective seems focused more on knowing user information than on keeping young children safely off the platform. Plans include verifying ages by 1) asking teens to submit ID, which the company would store, then later delete; 2) having teens ask three adult friends to vouch for their age; and 3) inviting them to submit a “video selfie,” which the parent company Meta would scan to “guess” ages. The second idea seems promising, but the other two raise the privacy questions: 1) Why keep the data at all? and, 2) Guess age based on what? Seems largely unscientific.

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Many US organizations unprepared for new privacy regulations, according to survey, & they’re wishing for a federal law

June 28, 2022

Privacy spending budgets are going up and corporate executives are concerned, but only 59% of those surveyed by Womble Bond Dickson law firm, felt their organization was “very prepared” to meet state guidelines in new US consumer privacy legislation. Further, 88% said they would prefer having a federal law to more state regulations. While 89% reported their tech budget had increased, the majority indicated it did so at a moderate pace.

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Big Tech Suffers Big Drop in Customer Data Trust: Jebbit Survey

August 8, 2022

Greater public attention to privacy has reduced trust in all tech providers, including those like Apple and Google that have positioned themselves as privacy-friendly.  Apple’s rank in Jebbit’s annual Consumer Data Trust Index fell from 17 to 43, while Google fell from number 4 to 89.  Amazon fell just slightly, from first to fourth place, while Facebook actually improved a bit from 97 to 88.

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