For kids, innovative wireless services and devices offer incredible opportunities to learn and play. For parents, understanding how kids’ personally-identifiable information may be used is an important part of how kids use wireless. For the wireless industry, privacy and security is vitally important for all of its customers, especially for kids.
CTIA and its member companies have taken steps to make sure consumers have choice and control over their privacy and security. For example, privacy policies describe how personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information may or may not be used and ways to manage the use of this information. Password protecting services, devices and applications, such as voice mail, banking and in-app purchases, assures sensitive information isn’t used without permission. In addition, many wireless devices and applications provide pop-up or icon notifications when location information may be used.
When consumers use wireless devices and services, it’s helpful to know the types of information that can be transmitted through wireless devices and services. Generally, information can be personally identifiable or non-personally identifiable.
- Personally identifiable information, such as a name, address, or birth date, is protected by various laws and industry best practices.
- Non-personally identifiable information is data that may be needed to authenticate (e.g., cookie) a device to use a service, but is generally anonymous and not specific to a person.
For example, people choose to share personally identifiable information with friends through social network applications while wireless devices may share non-personal information to confirm the device or service to help the application work faster for the user.
For parents, understanding how to keep kids’ personal wireless information safe and secure is the key to maintaining privacy and security. Here are a few tips to help parents who want to learn more about wireless privacy and security: