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A Year in Review- Top News for Online Privacy in 2018


Privacy is 'in'

 The digital world as we know it is changing. As privacy continues to become a bigger concern for us and our children, the internet will become a safer place for everyone. Below are some of the top articles shared over the course of 2018 - take a look as we are a part of an ongoing privacy revolution!

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A Privacy Awakening

A Long Awaited Privacy Awakening is Here Read more

Apple's Tim Cook Calls for More Regulations on Data Privacy Read more

After Facebook hearing, senators roll out new bill restraining online data use Read more

More Than 100 National and State Leaders Call on Congress to End Children’s Private Data Collection Read more

Apple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties Read more

Congress, Privacy Groups Questions Amazon's Echo Dot for Kids Read more

Congress has a $95 Million Proposal to Study Tech's Effect on Kids Read more


Children Online

When Kids’ Toys Are Listening, the FTC is Watching Read more

Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Online ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ for Kids Read more

Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says Read more

Voice Assistants aren’t Built for Kids — We Need to Fix That Read more

Children are being 'Datafied from Birth' Read more 

Kids’ Toys are the Latest Battleground in the Online Privacy Wars Read more



2018 was a record shattering year for COPPA fines & penalties. Online privacy is "in" and it's here to stay - especially regarding children. 2019 will bring even more regulations, fines & penalties, it's time companies targeting children clean up their act as fines start surpassing millions.

Largest COPPA Penalty Ever – NY AG Settles with Oath (Formerly AOL) Read more

Privacy Is Only a Laughing Matter on HBO Comedy ‘Silicon Valley’ Read more

Big Government? FTC Advocates for More Authority in Congressional Hearing Read more

Happy Birthday, COPPA - 20 years since Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Read more

Toy firm VTech fined $650,000 over data breach Read more

Explore Talent Settles FTC Claims Regarding COPPA Violations Read more

 A.G. Underwood Announces Record COPPA Settlement With Oath – Formerly AOL – For Violating Children's Privacy Read more 



The EU General Data Protection Regulation came into action May 25, 2018. Since then it has taken the world of digital privacy by storm. Here are some of the top articles since the legislation was enacted.

GDPR: 8,000 Data Breach Reports Filed So Far in UK Read more

Europe's New Privacy Law will Change the Web, and More Read more

GDPR will have positive ripple effect, says US consumer group Read more

UK Data Protection Complaints more than Double under New GDPR Rules Read more

The New Rules: Establishing Consumer Trust in a Post-GDPR World Read more

Facebook could face $1.63bn fine under GDPR over latest data breach Read more



The GDPR is followed by the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) of 2018 which comes into force at the start of 2020. Both regulations have similarities including around the processing of personal data and special provisions for children.

New Online Privacy Legislation in California Could Head Off Proposed November Referendum Read more

Understanding California's Game-Changing Data Protection Law and its Global Impact Read more


Top Research & Reports

FOSI: “Online Safety Across the Generations” Read more

Virtual Reality 101: What You Need to Know About Kids and VR Read more

Trouble in Toyland: The 33rd Annual Survey of Toy Safety Read more

Home Life Data and Children’s Privacy Read more


Student Privacy 

How Third Parties can collect Student Data Without Parental or Individual Consent Read more

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy Read more



AR Companies have grown 50% Since the End of 2017 Read more

A New Reality: Could VR Revive the Amusement Arcade? Read more

New Data Bill has Bad News for Google, Facebook Read more

76 Percent of Parents Concerned For Children's Online Safety Read more

Social media firms face £18m fines if they send children notifications at night Read more

The Coming Wave of Data Privacy Compliance Challenges Read more 

Get Ready for a Privacy Law Showdown in 2019 Read more


The Best of PRIVO 2018

GDPR Age of "Digital" Consent Read more

Tech Giants Cannot Turn a Blind Eye to Privacy Read more

The GDPR and the California CCPA: How Do They Compare? Read more

Guest Blog: How the Tech Revolution is Impacting Children with Additional Needs Read more

PRIVO On-Demand Webinar - Digital Fireside Chat: COPPA and the Changing Regulatory Landscape Read more

Two Hat Security Webinar: The ROI of COPPA featuring PRIVO View here

20 Most Promising Identity Governance and Administration Solution Providers - 2018 View here


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A big thank you to all news sources included in our 2018 year in review. To stay on top of digital kids industry news looking at online privacy, data security & latest trends sign up for our enews here.