(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google is reportedly looking into creating kid friendly online accounts for its video sharing site, YouTube, and its email system, Gmail.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the plans, the new service would allow parents to control how their children use the services and what information can be gathered about them.
Currently kids under the age of 13 are not allowed to sign up for Google services under the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy laws, though many children still sign up for services by lying about their age on online forms.
Sources noted that with these new plans, Google is trying to make it easier, and compliant with the rules, for parents who are already signing up their children for services such as email and YouTube.
These new changes have already stirred concerns with some privacy advocates, with many worried about the amount of information that kids will reveal.
“Unless Google does this right it will threaten the privacy of millions of children and deny parents the ability to make meaningful decisions about who can collect information on their kids,” said executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, Jeff Chester.
The online privacy group has already expressed its concerns about Google’s plans with the FTC. The group is currently working with its legal team on creating a plan on how to monitor this new system.