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Protecting Our Children and Their Privacy is Critical

Cybersecurity is more than stopping malware, ransomware and breaches and impacts so many across the globe including seniors, children and those at risk! I am a seasoned cybersecurity professional and thought leader with three daughters and it scares me.

In a crazy and insecure world where many children have access to the Internet or have their own smartphone that provides them access to applications and other areas of potential privacy vulnerability, it is imperative that we demand transparency and easy to understand disclosure from our app and service providers.

We need to remember, if you’re not paying for a product, then you are the product, which is a good example of where a large social app provider gives away the app for free, but they track and/or monitors the person using the app, sometimes even when they’re not using the app. There is a lawsuit against one of the largest social companies in the courts right now where it’s alleged that even when the camera was not being used by the person with the app it was still monitoring, watching and collecting valuable usage and location data that could potentially give them a competitive advantage or financial gain.

There are many examples of this out there, so it is important that you monitor not only your applications but also your children’s. This is truly an example of buyer beware except you’re getting something for free versus buying it and you’re accepting the terms and conditions of that free app or usage which creates privacy vulnerabilities and issues.

Be smart and aware! Nothing commercially is free! ?


Mark Lynd (CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP), Head of Digital Business at Netsync is Top ranked global thought leader, author, speaker and practitioner for, AI, Data Center, IoT and Cybersecurity. He has been an accomplished enterprise CIO, CTO, CISO and Board Member for several large organizations. Mark has performed speaking and thought leadership engagements for Oracle, Intel, IBM, Cisco and others. He was named an Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of Year – Southwest Region" Finalist and presented the Doak Walker Award on ESPN’s CFB Awards Show to a national television audience. He served honorably in the US Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion & 82d Airborne.