of Justice on behalf of the FTC alleged that HyperBeard had violated COPPA by allowing third-party ad networks to collect personal information in the form of persistent identifiers to track users of the company’s child-directed apps.
In HyperBeard’s settlement with the FTC, the company has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and to delete the personal information it illegally collected from children under the age of 13.
The complaint explained that HyperBeard let third-party advertising networks serve ads and collect personal information, in the form of persistent identifiers, in order to serve behavioral ads — meaning, targeted ads based on users’ activity over time and across sites.
The issues around the invasiveness of third-party ad networks and trackers — and their questionable data collection practices — have come in the spotlight thanks to in-depth reporting about app privacy issues, various privacy experiments, petitions against their use — and, more recently, as a counter-argument to Apple’s marketing of its iPhone as a privacy-conscious device.
Sharing family history through storytelling is hugely beneficial to kids and families, says Bruce Feiler, who collected hundreds of life stories for his new book Life Is In the Transitions.
Interview elders: Encourage children to ask grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives about kid-friendly topics, like their favorite childhood toys, the home where they lived as children, how they met their spouse, and the biggest event of their childhood, Feiler says.
“Each person repeats the previous person’s bit, then adds more to the story: ‘We made the campfire,’ … ‘We made the campfire, and then we made s’mores.’” Parents: You might need to help connect events or create a positive ending.
Take a virtual tour: Use Google Street View for a show-and-tell look at family landmarks, such as your parents’ childhood homes, your elementary school, and the church in Italy where your immigrant great-grandparents got married.