End Child  Surveillance

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Technology companies are preying on our children for profit and putting them in danger. Apps and devices are becoming more and more invasive, harvesting our children’s sensitive private information and using it to spy, manipulate, and discriminate.

We need to protect our kids.

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 How is surveillance harming kids? 

 Addictive apps 

Platforms like YouTube and TikTok use addictive features like YouTube autoplay and Snapchat streaks to keep our kids watching and push them toward more and more content—even harmful content—in order to maximize profits.

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 Voyeuristic advertising 

Companies like Facebook and Google build a profile based on young users’ private information, vulnerabilities, and curiosities. They use this spying to create “micro-targeted” ads that undermine their self confidence and harm kids.

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 Educational stalkerware 

The same tools that allow stalkers to spy on victims have become part of pandemic learning. The invasive and easily hacked products being trained on school kids include e-proctoring, facial recognition in the classroom, emotional surveillance, attention tracking, and more.

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 Chronic surveillance 

Cameras are everywhere in kids’ lives—home, school, and activities. It is impossible to tell who is watching, and for what reasons. Even family-marketed products like Amazon Ring and Fitbit track kids’ daily walks to school, creating vulnerable databases of kid’s routines & physical characteristics.

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 Ban addictive apps 

Turn off addictive autoplay and recommendations on kids’ YouTube content

Youtube hosts millions of hours of kids content on their adult property, where even content aimed at toddlers and preschool children will autoplay for hours. This makes kids screen addicted and can send children and teens down dangerous content rabbit holes towards extremist, violent, and inappropriate content.

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A wasteland of vapid content.

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 From a Parent 

When my daughter was 7, the alarming thing was when I started to see some of those [addictive] patterns showing up in apps that were targeted to kids.

 Ban voyeuristic advertising 

Stop selling kids’ data to 3rd party advertisers through apps

The Google Play store supports thousands of apps that sell little kids’ data to advertisers. A recent study from the AMA shows 67% of apps targeted to kids under 5 in the store transmitted information to 3rd party advertisers—including from misleadingly labeled “teacher-approved” apps.

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If you’re under 13, your data is not supposed to be shared with advertisers, but that’s happening routinely, and at scale.

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 From a Parent 

But then she asks us for real money so she can buy those outfits. Normally we say no, and when she gets off the phone, she becomes very crabby.

 End educational stalkerware 

Stop Racist Proctoring in Schools!

Schools across the country are using discriminatory online proctoring software that watches students on their computers while they take tests. My daughter Amaya could not easily sit down to take a biology quiz like her White classmates because proctoring software would not “recognize” her as a person.

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Lockport Schools’ facial recognition tech has mistaken broom handles for guns and has misidentified Black students at much higher rates.

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Tech Companies Want Schools to Use COVID Relief Money on Surveillance Tools

 From a Parent 

It had to detect her face, and it took, according to her, 30 trials before it could detect her face, even though it was noon and she had her windows open and two overhead lights turned on.

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Ban biometric data and analysis from digital services used by kids

Big tech companies are collecting, storing, and analyzing kids’ biometric data— maps of their bodies that include things like face scans, fingerprints, eye scans, and patterns of how they speak, move, and type—at massive scale. This invasive data collection sets children up for a lifetime of surveillance, identity theft, and potential discrimination.

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TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data

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Students attending high-surveillance high schools are less likely to attend college.

 From a Parent 

Their experience alone with that type of policing and that type of mindset, it [impacts] their self-esteem…It makes them feel like they are criminals.