Last week Facebook and Google hit the headlines yet again for the wrong reasons after they were found to have bypassed Apple’s strict approvals process to distribute data harvesting apps to users. In Facebook’s case, the firm paid users as young as 13 in return for downloading the market research app. Critics claim it was less than open about the privacy-invading purposes of the app, and that its parental consent ‘checks’ could be easily faked.
It has all served as a timely reminder of the privacy and security risks families are exposed to on a regular basis today, as we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) around the world tomorrow, on the 5th February. Continue reading →
Did you know it’s Safer Internet Day today? The global awareness-raising event plays an important role in promoting mutual respect online and the responsible use of technology. The latest research released to coincide with the event highlights perfectly the light and shade of the internet world. Some 40% of 8-17-year-olds said they’ve felt worried or anxious online in the past week, but on the other hand, 83% said they’ve experienced kindness on the internet over the past year.
At Trend Micro, we’re busy all week with a range of activities designed to promote the positive, while raising awareness of the dangers facing young people online. Continue reading →