Friday, September 16, 2011

FTC Seeking Input Whether to Change law about Minors

There is an important notice to public today online at: http://mashable.com/2011/09/16/ftc-coppa/
about minor children being online, with this quote:
"The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on proposed revisions, including protections regarding geolocation data, to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).
COPPA requires operators of all online services or websites for children under 13 (or those who have knowledge that they are collecting personal info from children under 13) to obtain verifiable consent from parents before collecting, using or disclosing children’s personal information." and this quote:
"The commission also proposes a different definition of “collection” of data, which would allow children to participate in interactive communities without parental consent as long as the operators of those communities “take reasonable measures to delete all or virtually all children’s personal information before it is made public.”
Furthermore, parental notice must be given to parents as a “just-in-time” notice, and not just in a privacy policy. The FTC also proposes additional methods of obtaining parental consent, such as “electronic scans of signed parental consent forms, video-conferencing, and use of government-issued identification checked against a database.”
They are asking for comments from public on how to make web safer for minor children. These are my comments about this:
Remember that the entire point of cybercriminals breaking into accts is to steal information, and that nearly every Fortune 500 company with huge I.T. dept [information technology] and huge computer security depts have been broken into this yr by cybercriminals to get their customers' info [per multiple news reports since Jan]. Last week it was hundreds of thousands of patients' info from a hospital.  In view of that remember that in a unix based system there are NO secrets. A person who knows that computer language-coding well can get any information entered by any method even if it was deleted. [they raid the trash often called a 'cache', and often secretive put there by cookies that were put on computer immediately as browser open the page, for example Facebook does that, and so does Mashable and cnn.com, and NY Times; and multitudes other companies,including esp many agencies of fed govt inc Pentagon, Dept of Defense, Homeland Security, etc,etc,etc, and then  undelete it to find out what you wrote, what u buy, where you shop, who you talk too, write too, send msgs too, etc]. So if children write anything on any thing they are PROBABLY tracked, and I think they should be for their safety, but the potential for abuse of spying every detail of your lives is great. This is my thinking on the topic of the FTC article asking for public input before changing laws about minor children being allowed to us online services. I suspect that Facebook is behind the push to change the law because there was a big article with photo of Mark Zuckerberg in BBC within past month saying he wants law changed so minors can use Facebook w/o parental consent. He's a jerk from h--- as far as I am concerned.
  So think about all the ramifications of this. If children allowed to use Facebook and or chat rooms [KNOWN to be the lairs of se-xu-al predators looking for kids] for instance after school or from school library where parents are not home or there, then bad people and probably good people [assuming many in fed govt are good] are probably tracking the children in real time, meaning as they write, draw,etc. That puts your children in the 'cross-hairs' of spying forces and that makes me very nervous for them because you don't want bad people to be able to pinpoint your children's every move, and identify them in a crowd [Facebook facial does this already] for perverts to stalk, track around town to a time they catch them alone. It is very dangerous I think. 
Please give your opinions especially if you are a parent to minor children as you would be closer to the subject than I am. My only two "children' are grown daughters but I do have minor grandchildren, and I am very protective of them. And I know that their photos have been stolen right off my cell phone(s) gallery more than once by cybercriminals remote hacking into my phones; and from my 'family albums' in my email more than once. I have possession of my phones at all times and have never given my email passwords or account passwords to anyone. So I know those events happen from first-hand experience. Read the entire article please.
Online today 16-Sept-2011@8:29am via yahoo news.
Also, FYI. I updated my profile info. What was there before I updated it today was from when I added a photo that didn't match one that was known to be me, and there was a 'jet-lag' in uploading it. So after it did upload to the photo of me that you see on this blog, I had to change the words to match. Adding "copyright" to photos sometimes causes the need to verify and I understand that. The photo of me Gloria Poole that you see on this blog today is one I took of myself with a timed sequence on my camera this summer and it is not the best photo of me, but a recent one, and that was my goal, to remove/update the photo of me that was on this blog from 2003. Sorry if there was confusion.
Gloria Poole; @my apt in Missouri;9:57am;16-Sept-2011
Update at 11:04am,same day with this about online shopping:
This link to a wired.com article is one of the best expose articles about those so-called "free apps" on iTunes, and maybe other app stores also, that I have ever read. And I read voraciously most days.
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/09/alt-text-freemium/. Here's a quote and please read the entire article as it seems to be a very accurate assessment of reality of iTunes ' apps. Quote:
"So, to sum up, these games are based on the following solid economic theories:
1. Millions of people will download so-called games that provide no challenge other than explaining to your boss why you’re harvesting radishes in the middle of a client meeting." My comment on that is: I have an itunes acct that has allowed persons unknown to me to get the apps I paid for, drained all funds off a prepaid card of mine { I learned my lesson about putting my real bank acct card info online the hard way}; and refused to authorize the app for me after taking the money from my card, but allowing strangers in some remote location to get/use the app I thought was downloading to my computer then to my ipod touch. Those apps that were involved in those events for me were: Beluga, National Geographic, NPR,Heywire, pinger [but I did eventually get control of my pinger app after writing them about what happened]; and a few more of not safe/secure apps but the names are not on tip my tongue. Some of these apps were stolen right off my ipod! And with MY information attached to them.
The article about the 'freemium" apps is a warning that those are tricks to get lots of your money. Read the article./s/ Gloria