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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Google Family Link App Allows Parents to Make Accounts fro Kids Under 13


Google is changing the game with "Google Family Link," an app that allows parents to create special Google accounts for children under 13. Not only does the app allow parents to create the accounts but it provides easy access for monitoring. The program is currently only available in the US and is only available if you have an invitation. For more information, check out Google's blog to learn more.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Senator Seeks Answers from Spiral Toys Following ‘CloudPets’ Data Breach


Senator Bill Nelson asked Spiral Toys' to provide specific details about the company's security practices after it was reported that hackers repeatedly gained access to databases containing sensitive customer information including that of children.

For more information, check out this article in the Washington Times.

Monday, March 6, 2017

CARU Supporters' Council Meeting March 14, 2017. Save the Date!


CARU is hosting a Supporters' Council Meeting on March 14, 2017.

Supporters will have a chance to discuss current and emerging issues.

The event will be held at Reed Smith's New York office (599 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022) starting at 11:00 a.m. EST. Breakfast will be served at 10:30 a.m.

We will also be hosting the event remotely at the same time from Reed Smith's offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago. There will be a call in number as well. Please contact Jay Black at JBlack@caru.bbb.org or (212) 705-0111 to register.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CARU Attends Toy Fair 2017

CARU got a sneak peek at the toys your children are going to be playing with this year. Toy Fair is produced by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), a not-for-profit trade association and is hosted annually in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. Each year hundreds of toy companies attend and CARU views the latest toys as part of our goal to ensure that advertising to children is truthful and accurate.


CARU was able to watch demonstrations of new robotics, toys connected to mobile apps, virtual reality devices and even interactive holograms. But don't worry there are also toys that encourage kids to move and be active as well as some of our favorite retro toys that are being reintroduced and updated for a new generation.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

CARU Releases EvanTube Decision in a Case of First Impression


CARU recently issued a decision about inadequate disclosures on EvanTube. This is a case of first impression and certainly something industry will want to take note of.

For more information, check out CARU's press release or this post on Media Post for further details.

Friday, July 22, 2016

In the News: MPAA Lawsuit Over Smoking in Movies Rated PG-13 and Lower


Determining material that is suitable for a child audience can be a complex question. A new lawsuit is hoping to prevent the MPAA from giving films that depict the act of smoking a rating of G, PG, or PG-13. If the Plaintiffs are successful, the lawsuit would effectively ban smoking in movies rated PG-13 or lower. The Plaintiffs argue that movies like Dumb and Dumber To, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Iron Man 3 have a major impact on people watching them and showing smoking is not suitable. The MPAA, its studio members and the National Association of Theatre Owners are defending their actions as free speech.

For more information on this topic, visit the Hollywood Reporter.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Reminder of What You Should Know Before You or Your Children Download Apps

Our phones contain our entire lives on them these days--our contacts, calendars, emails and plenty of sensitive data. Keeping your information private is more important than ever and loss or theft of your phone aren't the only ways your personal information can fall into the wrong hands. With so many innovative apps out there, at times we all may feel like kids in a candy store when perusing online. But mobile apps that you (or your children) download onto your phone may be accessing more than you may bargain for.

Apps may be able to access your location, emails contact lists, and other sensitive information stored on your device--and you may be giving them permission to do so when you download them. App companies then may in turn sell or share your information without your knowledge or permission.

We urge everyone to look into apps before you choose to download them and invite them into your life. Take a moment to read up on an app's information in the app store, check to see if it has a privacy policy (that discloses how they'll use your data) and see if companies include contact information so you are able to reach them if an issue should arise.

Pass on an app if it requires permission to access an intrusive or unnecessary amount of data. Consider what data an app reasonably needs to access in order to function. If an app is requesting access to your location, emails or to listen in through your microphone when it has nothing to do with the app's functionality, be wary.

Check out these tips from the Better Business Bureau about how to protect your privacy when using apps.