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USA Today

On 19 May, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) supplementing their original complaint against YouTube Kids (see AEf Alert 08/04/15). The organisations claim that Google’s deceptive practices toward parents are even more widespread and pervasive than they documented in their initial request for investigation....

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United States

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thinks that the UK should be a 'nanny state' when it comes to keeping children healthy and is advocating restrictions on ‘junk’ food marketing to children as well as a 20% additional tax on sugary drinks....

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United Kingdom

53% of teenagers admitted trying a new product after seeing an advert in the last month, according to new research released by the Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The survey also reveals that teenage boys (54% vs. 51% of girls) are more influenced by multimedia marketing techniques involving giveaways, competitions and links with movies or sports personalities, compared with their female peers.  ...

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Australia

29 data protection authorities (DPAs) in 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom and United States, will participate in the 2015 International Privacy Sweep that will take place from 11 to 15 May. The online audit, carried out under the umbrella of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, will assess whether websites and mobile applications directed to children are compliant with global privacy laws....

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Global

Today AEf is publishing a comprehensive literature review on digital marketing communications and children, prepared by Dr Barbie Clarke, of...

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With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it's a safe bet that many of those doing the...

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USA Today

26 Sep 2014 - The Huffington Post: Google to revamp its products with 12-and-younger focus

We all know that kids love apps. From a parent's perspective, apps can provide a much more interactive, and educational experie

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The Huffington Post

One of the big challenges for children’s app developers is the reluctance of many parents to pay upfront for apps, even if they distrust...

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The Guardian

Britain's technology companies are struggling to attract a new generation of mobile-savvy&nb

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The Guardian