This generation of kids are growing up in a digital environment defined by privacy laws preventing usage of their personal data. This is an entirely new chapter for the internet.
Twelve months ago, the primary law protecting children’s data privacy was COPPA in the US. COPPA makes it illegal to capture any personal data on children under the age of 13. In less than a year, this has radically changed. Continue reading
In the last twelve months children’s data privacy law has expanded from what was just the US (COPPA) to covering all of Europe (under GDPR-K). But it’s not stopping there. Against many expectations, China has also introduced protection for children online.
Recently China published the Personal Information Security Specification which, together with the country’s new 2016 Cyber Security Law, establishes specific digital data privacy protections for children under the age of 14.
There is a growing realisation that today’s internet is built on legacy technology designed for adults , rather than kids. Although there has been plenty of coverage about content, there are bigger issues with the technology behind the content. By the time a child turns 13, (adult) advertising tech companies will have collected an astounding 72 million data-points on them, unintentional but increasingly dangerous. Continue reading
The digital kids (u13) landscape is evolving rapidly. As we’ve seen this week, even for companies with all the technical resources in the world, building fully kid-safe environments is not easy.
Four years, 105 people, multiple FTC COPPA Safe Harbor certifications, countless technical and legal reviews by top kids brands, billions of transactions and several products later, we are probably the best placed company in the world to talk about this. Our technology powers hundreds of millions of kids digital engagements every month. Continue reading
As our US business continues to rapidly scale (as well as our NYC head office, we have a presence in LA, SF and Chicago), we’ve been looking for the right leader to take it to the next level. We’re very pleased to announce that Kate O’Loughlin has joined us as our COO for North America. Kate was most recently Senior Vice President (Media) and General Manager at Tapad (acquired by Telenor for $360M). Prior to that she was Product Director at MediaMath.
It says a lot that we haven’t had time to write about our own news. In general, we prefer to talk about our clients and what we’re building rather than financing. But in this case we’ll make an exception because it’s a useful measure of progress. Continue reading
Snap’s S-1 filing said many interesting things. However one thing it didn’t (couldn’t) say was just how much of their growth is being driven by the under-13 audience.