Parents unwittingly leak their children's data: a GDPR time bomb?

Suzanne Prior*, Natalie Coull

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are many apps available for parents that are designed to help them monitor their pregnancy or child’s development. These apps require parents to share information about themselves or their children in order to utilise many of the apps’ features. However, parents remain concerned about their children’s privacy, indicating a privacy paradox between concerns and actions. The research presented here conducted an analysis of parenting apps alongside a survey of parents to determine if their concerns regarding sharing information about their children was at odds with their use of parenting apps.

A survey of 75 parents found that they had strong concerns around the availability of information about their children but were using apps within which they shared this information. Parents were not giving consideration to the information requested when using apps. This should be of concern to developers given the growing awareness of users’ rights in relation to managing their data.

We propose new guidelines for app developers to better protect children’s privacy and to improve trust relationships between developers and users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Conference, HCI-CPT 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 19–24, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAbbas Moallem
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030503093
ISBN (Print)9783030503086
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020
Event2nd International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust - Held virtually, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020
Conference number: 2nd

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameInformation Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI


Conference2nd International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
Abbreviated titleHCI-CPT 2020
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  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Mobile apps
  • Parenting


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