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Smart Parenting? The Internet of Things, Children’s Privacy, and Data Justice

Mann, M., Wilson, M. and Warren, I. (2022) Smart Parenting? The Internet of Things, Children’s Privacy, and Data Justice. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 30 (1). pp. 204-231.

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This paper examines children’s privacy and the Internet of Things (IoT). After describing the operation of IoTs directly marketed to and for children, we outline research concerning the surveillance of children and issues associated with children’s right to privacy, including the role of parents or guardians in protecting their children’s right to privacy. We then present the findings of a survey of Australian IoT consumers and non-consumers (n = 1,052), which shows parents and guardians who purchase IoTs care about their children’s privacy and are concerned about practices of corporate surveillance. Finally, our data show that female parents or guardians have lower rates of privacy literacy than males. Analysed through the lens of data justice (), we argue the protection of children’s privacy rights must be understood with regard to broader structural factors, such as gender discrimination and digital housekeeping, and ultimately requires addressing corporate practices that characterise the contemporary surveillance landscape.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Brill
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