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How children’s sites see your kids as marketing goldmines

On the second day of our conference, Professor Valerie Steeves spoke about how children interact with popular sites like Webkinz, Neopets and Barbie Girls. We have already provided a brief summary of her presentation and her fellow speakers on the subject, but thought you would like to see her speech. The presentation deck she used for her speech, and to which she refers, is also available online.

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Another point of view on data retention

Stepping away from the privacy advocate’s point of view, I point you to a blog post by Patricia Seybold. She discusses, at length, how Google and other search engines are dealing with questions about privacy and data retention. Importantly, she provides us all with a clear explanation of what data she expects to be retained from her online activities, and what she expects can be done with that data:

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Surveys shed light on online behaviour by youth

There is some perception among teachers, parents and privacy advocates that online users of social networks – particularly young users – may not be taking the steps necessary to protect their personal information and their online identity. Two recent studies have shed some light, and some details, on the online behaviour of pre-teens and teens online.

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