Digital abuse: Your child is being followed even while playing games on the phone!
Do you know that your child is being followed even while playing games on the phone and is even open to digital abuse? So how can you prevent your child from being tracked in digital life? Here are some precautions that will prevent third-party applications from accessing your child’s personal data, prevent unwanted advertisements, and prevent data collected for adults from reaching your child.
fraud and digital abuse Research by American software company Pixalate, which works on Likewise, 79 percent of popular children’s apps on Android do the same.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SENSITIVE AND QUALIFIED DATA AND GENERAL DATA
Data that can be defined as data that is more valuable and sensitive than any other data is called sensitive and qualified data. These data are more difficult to access and separated than general data. While the data of a 34-year-old person who goes to the mall every day and buys coffee from a coffee shop can be defined as a general data, the data of an 8-year-old boy playing Candy Crush every day between 10:00 and 11:00 am sensitive dataclassified as. Likewise, period tracking applications that store the data of a 25-year-old woman living in Istanbul and entering the ovulation period may also store this data as sensitive data.
Games such as Angry Birds 2, Candy Crush, Saga, as well as other applications aimed at developing coloring and numerical intelligence also store incredible data. In his column written for Posta.com.tr readers, Posta Newspaper writer Furkan Lüleci states that these applications capture the general locations and other identifying information of children. Apps then sell this data to AI technologies that can track their interests and predict what they might want to buy!
“Research shows that many children’s data is vulnerable to abuse in some unique and harmful ways,” said Lülelci. says. Indeed, many children cannot distinguish ads from content. Tracking technologies are also showing marketers recognizing young minds as microtargeting.
After identifying apps for children, Pixalate examined how each app handled personal information, and most importantly, revealed what data each of them sent to the advertising industry. 7 percent of all applications identified by Pixalate determined that they collect either location or internet address data.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE IMPORTANCE ON MOBILE DEVICES, BUT HOW?
Furkan Lüleci listed the following measures for the readers of Posta.com.tr in order to prevent third-party applications from accessing your child’s personal data, preventing unwanted advertisements, and preventing data collected for adults from reaching your child:
- Buy a brand new device for your child that has not been used before and has not collected any adult data.
- Monitor every mobile application downloaded to your child’s tablet or phone, and prevent any data collection by controlling their privacy settings.
- If possible, prevent your child from consuming ads by using a Premium membership. Because children cannot distinguish between advertising and reality.
- From time to time, check if the installed games and similar applications change their data collection settings. These settings usually aim to collect data by asking the user for permission by appearing in front of the user again with automatic updates and your child can innocently press the “Allow” button.