Data Breaches Put Spotlight on Growing Threats to Kids’ Data Privacy



With a major breach at toy maker VTech and privacy advocates criticizing Mattel and Google, 2015 put a spotlight on the growing threats to children’s privacy.

On Nov. 14, digital thieves breached two services at toy maker VTech, compromising the company’s Learning Lodge app store and Kid Connect servers and accessing information on more than 6.3 million kids and their 4.8 million parents.While parents’ accounts included names, email and IP addresses, password retrieval information, mailing addresses, download history and encrypted passwords, most of the children’s data consisted only of their name, gender and birth date.

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