Facebook Changes Privacy Policy on Teens and Kids

This Friday, Facebook moved ahead with changes to its TOS that enables them to use your profile pictures, location, and personal information in advertisements both on the site and beyond.

The company announced the changes on their official blog, stating that although this would be a new feature which could potentially alter the way our data is used by the company, the tactics they use to collect the information are the same as they’ve always been and wouldn’t be updated anytime soon.

In August the social networking giant came under fire for not being clear about teens role in this new program, reporting that they were under the assumption teens would have permission from there parents to share their personal lives online prior to signing up for the service.

“Corporations like Facebook should not be profiting from the personal and sensitive information of children and teens, and parents and teens should have the right to control their personal information online,” Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said Friday.

Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said getting rid of the teen provision is a modest victory for privacy advocates. But he said he was disappointed to see the social network proceed with the broader changes.

“It still leaves the larger problem that the site is working more with data brokers and collecting more geolocation information. We believe [these practices] require new safeguards.”

If you’re a parent, you know that keeping your children and teenagers safe online is a top priority, and should be just as important as protecting the sanctity of your network from their bad browsing habits too. At any time during the day or night they could be inadvertently browsing phishing sites, downloading cracked programs with malware installed, or just clicking on emails that can automatically infect your router and spread to every computer in the house.

That’s why it’s important to teach them how to be safe online, and how to properly utilize a VPN to keep themselves hidden online predators who seek to do you or your family harm. Express VPN is the perfect solution for text-happy teenagers, with apps on iOS and Android phones that will encrypt their traffic and add an extra layer of security to your front door.