UNICEF discussion paper series on children's rights & business in a digital world

While there is now a widely accepted public imperative to protect children from harm, abuse and violence online, there has been comparatively little consideration of how to empower children as active digital rights-holders. At the same time, the rapidly expanding power and reach of the ICT sector have thrust communications and technology companies into key policy debates around the risks and opportunities children encounter online. This series of discussion papers seeks to explore the relationship between children’s rights, business and the Internet in greater detail...

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10 March 2017

Paper analyses protection of children's privacy online; includes recomendations for ICT sector

Author: UNICEF

"Privacy, Protection of Personal Information and Reputation Rights", Mar 2017

This paper analyses the complex relationship between children’s privacy and the internet. While the internet has the ability to emancipate children’s autonomy and enhance independence, children’s privacy can be undermined by a number of risks related to the collection and onward sale of their data and browsing habits, behavior targeting and advertising, the use of biometrics, age verification and the mandatory use of identification, government surveillance and a variety of parental controls. This paper explores these risks to children’s privacy online and puts forward the responsibilities of and opportunities for the ICT sector to respond to these risks.

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