High-profile data breaches, some involving children’s personal data, resulting from insufficient protections built into the emerging generation of smart devices, have raised urgent questions about whether children’s privacy is sufficiently valued in personal data regulation. The rapid growth in technologies and services whose business model is based on personal data collection and analysis – from social network services and personalised marketing to learning analytics, wearables and home assistants – raises yet further concerns. While it is likely that the technology industry will get better at preventing hacks, it is equally likely to get better at harnessing the value – mainly for commercial but sometimes public benefit – of the “datafication” of seemingly every dimension of people’s lives.Download
As the world absorbs the impact of Europe’s GDPR, SONIA LIVINGSTONE asks if data protection can work for children’s privacy – or if a wider view is needed for all ages of user
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