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5 responses to “Quickhit: Your kids’ ‘secure’ online chats being sold to marketers”

  1. SLDR

    hmm
    of course they never know the name of “the kid” just the IP address so they can tailor advertisments to “the kids” pc.

    IP address will get you to the country, state and probably suburb

  2. Mindy

    I wonder if this started as something used by law enforcement to help track peds grooming kids online and then someone decided they could make money out of it?

  3. Rebekka

    You know, I read this and couldn’t work out whether I thought it was more creepy that marketers were using this information, or that parents are eavesdropping on their kids’ chats…

    I would have been furious had my parents listened in on my phone calls or read my diary, and this software strikes me as exactly the same thing (and I know, there are dangers online that there aren’t with diaries or the phone, but there are other ways of dealing those dangers than violating children’s privacy)

  4. Rebekka

    Lauredhel, yes I absolutely agree that children should not be left to chat with random people online, and indeed that you should be able to trust the software you install not to be on-selling information.

    I think, however, that there are better ways of achieving this than reading their chats – a system where a parent can approve new contacts and they can only chat with approved contacts perhaps.

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