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Privacy Groups Ask F.T.C. to Block Facebook Policy Changes |

Privacy Groups Ask F.T.C. to Block Facebook Policy Changes | | Online Safety |
A coalition of six major consumer privacy groups has asked the Federal Trade Commission to block coming changes to Facebook’s privacy policies that they say would make it easier for the social network to use personal data about its users, including children under 18, in advertising on the site. In a letter sent to the agency late Wednesday, the coalition said Facebook’s changes, scheduled to go into effect later this week, violate a 2011 order and settlement with the F.T.C. over user privacy. “Facebook users who reasonably believed that their images and content would not be used for commercial purposes without their consent will now find their pictures showing up on the pages of their friends endorsing the products of Facebook’s advertisers,” the letter says. “Remarkably, their images could even be used by Facebook to endorse products that the user does not like or even use.” As I wrote in a Bits post last week, the plain language in Facebook’s new policy documents seems to reverse the default setting for user privacy when it comes to advertising. The old language gives users the explicit right to control how their names, faces and other information are used for advertising and other commercial purposes. The company’s new policy says consumers are automatically giving Facebook the right to use their information unless they explicitly revoke permission — and the company made that harder to do by removing the direct link to the control used to adjust that permission. “Facebook is now claiming the default setting is they can use everyone’s name and image for advertising and commercial purposes, including those of minors, without their consent,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, one of the groups that wrote the letter, in an interview. “Red lights are going off in the privacy world.” Click headline to read more--
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Set up a kid-friendly iPad | Macworld

Set up a kid-friendly iPad | Macworld | Online Safety |
Before handing over your iPad to a kid, it's best to do some parental preparation. In this Macworld Video, Scholle Sawyer McFarland offers some tips.

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Coolwired's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:28 PM

Here is an excellent site for Parents! Technology is changing so quickly.

Keep your children safe online. :-)