Stephen Downes

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Tony Bates comments on 'How Dare They Peep into My Private Life?' (107 page PDF), a report from Human Rights Watch that "observed 146 EdTech products directly sending or granting access to children's personal data to 199 AdTech companies." Because, of course they did. "These products monitored or had the capacity to monitor children, in most cases secretly and without the consent of children or their parents, in many cases harvesting data on who they are, where they are, what they do in the classroom, who their family and friends are, and what kind of device their families could afford for them to use." Bates responds, "I was shocked and disgusted when I read the media reports of this study. I felt about the same to these allegations as I would to the accusation of child pornography. It would certainly appear on the surface that children's (and parents') privacy rights are being violated on a massive scale, for purely commercial purposes." Canadian readers might want to look at the case study of CBC Kids, starting on page 73.

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