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Harboring DataInformation Security, Law, and the Corporation$
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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760089

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760089.001.0001

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Information Security of Children's Data

Information Security of Children's Data

From “Ego” to “Social Comparison”—Cultural Transmission and Child Data Protection Policies and laws in a Digital Age

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Harboring Data

Diana T. Slaughter-Defoe

Zhenlin Wang

Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the evolution of child protection and information security online. It argues that successfully protecting children' s information online requires understanding the development of children through adolescence, and acknowledging the powerful role of cultural transmission in the emergence of their cognition, personalities, behaviors, and skills. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998, which specifically addresses the collection of data about children, appears to be relatively ineffective legislation that is not adequately sensitive to developmental concerns. To ensure children's healthy development, future legislation should take into account children's developmental attributes more directly. In addition, a more successful law would empower parents in their attempts to protect their children's information, instead of diminishing parental control. Parents are naturally concerned about their children's online activity and exposure to information, but they often do not know how to protect them.

Keywords:   child protection, information security, data security, child protection legislation, online activity, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, parental control

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