Google coming for your children, says The Information

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Remember that heartwarming Dear Sophie Google Chrome ad? Where the dad made his newborn daughter a Gmail account and then emailed her photos and memories as she grew older, creating an ongoing archive of her life? It was great. It was also technically not allowed: Google’s terms of service forbid kids under 13 from signing up.

That all might be about to change: according to a new report in The Information, Google has been working on a suite of tools that would let kids more easily use its services with permission from their parents, including a child-safe version of YouTube. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, sites that want let kids under 13 sign up need to get permission from their parents in one of several ways;…

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