Nutrition Game Asks Kids for Data
CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—GERMANYMarch 19, 2010
The German educational foundation Stiftung Lesen is facing criticism for its collaboration with food company Nestlé on a Web-based nutrition game that is being distributed to schools across the nation, The Local reports. Opponents say although the game does not collect data from children when they play during school hours, when they play at home the program asks for their names, e-mail addresses and birth dates, among other data. The head of Berlin's state parents' committee said, "this data does not belong on the Internet." A Nestlé spokesperson said the company has since changed the game's registration requirements. Data protection officials in Darmstadt are looking into the matter.