danah boyd: “Why Parents Help Tweens Violate Facebook’s 13+ Rule”

On Huffington Post, danah boyd explains why the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is outdated and impractical. She writes:

COPPA predates the rise of social media. Its architects never imagined a world where people would share massive quantities of data as a central part of participation. It no longer makes sense to focus on how data are collected; we must instead question how those data are used. Furthermore, while children may be an especially vulnerable population, they are not the only vulnerable population. Most adults have little sense of how their data are being stored, shared, and sold.

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