When Scott Fitzsimones turned 13, he got an iPhone, set up accounts for Facebook and Pandora and went on an apps downloading spree. At the same time, the new teenager lost many protections over his privacy online.
The games he plays know his location at any given moment through the phone’s GPS technology. He has entered his parents’ credit card number to buy apps, and iTunes has his family’s e-mail address and everyone’s full names. Facebook knows his birth date and the school he attends.
The new challenge in teen privacy involves mobile phones, which are used by six out of 10 teens. Nearly all of those users send text messages and exchange pictures, according to the Pew American Internet and Life project. Three out of 10 teens access the Internet on smartphones.Read More