Tube is currently under investigation by the following complnts that the platform improperly collected from ng users. It’s uncle how much this might be, but t’s to believe it could be a lot. For many , Tube has replaced tele; depending on how use , could begin to amass even before .

Eighty-one percent of the ’s and 92 percent of US have an presence before they turn 2. In addition, 95 percent of US teens report having (or having access to) a smtphone. And 45 percent of those teens e on a ne-constant , an aver of nine hours each day.

Some preeminent figures, such as CEO Mk and le CEO , have asserted that ownership” is the answer to this , in which users control their own and decide when to ow corporations or s to use it.

Though this idea ealing, it is not a sufficient in protecting individuals—especiy —from the pervasive effects of an uncontrollable .

, ownership makes no sense when the isn’t the creator of the . Indeed, a person cannot remove published about them by someone else. During their eliest yes, e shaped by other individuals, most likely their . That means a massive amount of about them might be generated before they e able to understand what it means to give consent.

Furthermore, can be aggregated. Regdless of whether a person uses services, some decisions still be made without their control—even without their —through inference .

Imagine that a child avoids having a —that neither this child’s nor the child herself has ever used or posted anything . Institutions can still use about other ngsters who f into simil categories (such as those with the same zip code or those who go to the same school) to make inferences about the child. To put it simply, even if a child is somehow shielded from a premature , his or her life still be influenced by the presence of simil .

The price of collection could have f-reaching consequences for ’s fundamental . The Convention on the of the Child, the most ratified human rights treaty ever, protects as individuals. But nology rses questions: self-censor themselves on the because they don’t k how their be used? How is access to limited when use to display personalized and tgeted ? We don’t k what ramifications widespread collection could have on future generations of .

To protect ’s fundamental , we need a protection frame: one based on how the is used, not who owns it.

T e already some pros in place. The ’s Protection of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of and services to obtn consent before collecting the personal of under 13. —or at least their —own their personal and can decide when to it with third pties. COPPA also attempted to regulate how providers can mket to . For instance, a website operator cannot require a child to disclose personal in order to pticipate in a . Nonetheless, even with ’ consent, still end up storing, collecting, and shing ’s .

Thus, the concept of ownership is not sufficient to protect ’s . We need broader on how is used, as well as a legal frame that ly protects our fundamental civil, political, and socioeconomic .

collection—and its use—should be limited. (The e , a bill introduced by US Brian Schatz last December, pros that must be used efully, loyy, and confidentiy.) The frame should ly to relevant stakehers, including s, , and individuals. It should define nical standds that prioritize and establish prices for platform , such as the engineers building these sys. Finy, non-compliance from should result in or other ionable consequences.

Faced with the increased ge of tificial and the growing capabilities of , change is urgently needed. Under the Generation AI Initiative, and the Center at School of recently published a Memorandum on AI and Child Rights. The rerch sheds on how nologies might affect ’s of epression, as well as their not to be ed to or abuse.

Past generations were able to grow up without a record of their past. This generation, and the ones to come, be held accountable to their . How current s respond to this shift is a fundamental question of our .

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