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ICO Recommends Privacy Education for Children

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—UK

September 1, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that primary and secondary students should receive data privacy and freedom-of-information rights education and that both issues "should be embedded in the formal education process," OUT-LAW News reports. In a recent survey that revealed 88 percent of secondary students and 39 percent of primary students have social networking profiles, the ICO found that most respondents were not familiar with the sites' privacy policies. A representative from the ICO said, "Young people today are growing up in an age where an ever-increasing amount of information is held about them...It is vital that they understand their privacy rights and how to exercise them."  
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