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Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Harms Wrap-up

One of the things we measured in our 2022 US K12 EdTech Safety Benchmark was the presence of risky trackers within the school’s website. In fact, we recorded the presence of Facebook and Twitter trackers (amongst several others) within the school websites.   Similar...

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Me2BA supports ending all surveillance advertising on children

Me2BA supports ending all surveillance advertising on children

A new report from our friends at Fairplay, Reset Australia and Global Action Plan revealed how Facebook’s recent ad policy changes are no more than a bait and switch because now instead of marketers targeting children, Facebook has algorithms do the dirty work instead.

Me2BA and a coalition of other advocacy groups signed on to urge Facebook/Meta to end all surveillance advertising to adolescents.

Me2B Alliance Awarded $100K Grant for US Pre-K-12 Benchmark to Research School Utility Apps’ Data Sharing

Me2B Alliance Awarded $100K Grant for US Pre-K-12 Benchmark to Research School Utility Apps’ Data Sharing

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Me2B Alliance, a non-profit standards and advocacy organization focused on safe and respectful technology, today announced that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Internet Society Foundation. The foundation funds initiatives that strengthen the Internet in function and reach so that it can effectively serve all people.

Gratitude: Internet Society Foundation Grant Award

Gratitude: Internet Society Foundation Grant Award

As we move into the time of year when we highlight the celebration and sharing of gratitude, Me2B Alliance would like to express our gratitude to the Internet Society Foundation. The Internet Society Foundation recently granted the Me2B Alliance $100,000 to complete its “U.S. EdTech Industry Benchmark: Data Sharing in Primary & Secondary School Mobile Utility Apps.” The benchmark will build on previous findings about harmful data sharing practices by uncovering how sensitive student information is being treated by school utility apps in grades pre-k through 12 in schools across the nation.

What is Respectful Use of Location Information? New Me2BA Research Published

What is Respectful Use of Location Information? New Me2BA Research Published

As we’ve been performing independent product audits over the past year and a half, we received some push-back on our passing criteria related to the automatic translation of IP address to geographic location. Vendors felt that automatically calculating the user’s geographical location was, in fact, a benefit. However, in our specification, that behavior will receive a failing score. At an impasse, we decided to conduct some validation testing with Me-s.

Most People Feel Negatively About Location Tracking in Websites and Apps According to New Research from Me2B Alliance

Most People Feel Negatively About Location Tracking in Websites and Apps According to New Research from Me2B Alliance

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Me2B Alliance, a non-profit standards and advocacy organization focused on safe and respectful technology, today published a Spotlight Report which illustrates the significance of permission, relevance, and control when it comes to location tracking in websites and mobile apps. According to Me2BA’s research, 55% of people say it is “creepy” when websites know their location when they are first opened. In total, 81% of respondents used at least one negative term, including creepy, bad, annoying, scary, and confusing, to describe location tracking in websites. 68% used those same negative terms to describe location tracking in mobile apps.

Me2BA provides human-centered recommendations to the California Privacy Protection Agency

Me2BA provides human-centered recommendations to the California Privacy Protection Agency

The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”) established the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”). The CPPA has full administrative power and authority to implement the CCPA and CPRA, which basically means that the CPPA will be in charge of updating regulations and adopting new regulations, while enforcement of these regulations will be done by both the CPPA and the Attorney General’s office.

Me2B Alliance Recommendation Provides First Steps For Creating Safe and Respectful Technology

Me2B Alliance Recommendation Provides First Steps For Creating Safe and Respectful Technology

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Me2B Alliance, a non-profit standards organization which advocates for safe and respectful technology, today announced the publication of its first official recommendation: “The Attributes for Safe and Respectful Me2B Commitments.” The recommendation outlines baseline best practices to ensure that safe interactions, or commitments, are taking place on websites and mobile applications. Some examples of these commitments include creating an account online, signing up for newsletters, or agreeing to accept cookies while browsing a website.

First Official Me2B Alliance Recommendation

First Official Me2B Alliance Recommendation

We’re delighted to announce that the Me2B Alliance has published its first official recommendation: “The Attributes for Safe and Respectful Me2B Commitments”.

This is a significant milestone for the organization that was the fruit of the entire community.

What does this mean?

What an official recommendation (or specification) means is that, similar to virtually all standards developing organizations, the document has gone through multiple approval stages.

Dangling Domain From SDK Installed in 150+ Apple Apps Putting Kids, Families and Crypto Traders at Risk

Dangling Domain From SDK Installed in 150+ Apple Apps Putting Kids, Families and Crypto Traders at Risk

Over the past month, the Me2B Alliance product testing team has been investigating something we refer to as “dangling domains” and the risks they pose to people, especially children and families.

A “dangling domain” refers to any URL/domain previously owned by a legitimate organization or business, but which has been either abandoned due to the business shutting down, or due to a mistake where the organization or business forgets to renew their own domain.

Flash Guide #10: Data Flow & the Invisible Parallel Dataverse

Flash Guide #10: Data Flow & the Invisible Parallel Dataverse

The reality of online data flows is nothing like what we expect. Our personal data flows do not start light and increase with time and trust. Instead, a firehose of personal information is released – and shared with a host of unseen third parties – as soon as we open an app or website. Me2BA’s Respectful Tech Specification V.1 is largely focused on testing for these invisible parallel dataverse data flows.

Flash Guide #8: Digital Me2B Commitments & Deals

Flash Guide #8: Digital Me2B Commitments & Deals

Over the course of the digital Me2B Lifecycle, individual “Me-s” (Data Subjects) will have the choice of deepening the relationship through a series of Me2B Commitments with the online vendor, “B” (Data Controller). This guide provides examples of common Commitments and Deals, and shows how they map to the stages of a Me2B Lifecycle. It also reflects social norms for being anonymous, recognized, or known at each stage.