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Ex-MI6 head warns parents that their kids can be tracked online

Children and teenagers can be tracked online by willingly giving up too much personal information, or granting access to apps that collect personal data
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Oct 1, 2014 8:39 pm

Children and teenagers are a bit more naïve and lackadaisical when handing out information online, which could pose a risk, according to former head of the British MI6 intelligence agency. The technology world is changing at a rapid pace and the environment has caught some parents off-guard in keeping their children protected, according to Sir John Scarlett.




Sir John is most concerned of tracking technology and devices, with teenagers susceptible of apps and online conversations potentially giving up their location - and other personal information.


"You've got to know what your children are doing," Scarlett recently noted. "It's very difficult to know exactly what they're doing in particular when they're on a tablet or something they've got and you've got to have some kind of idea. They are extremely vulnerable, everybody is, to a whole range of things. Clearly when they're young children they're particularly vulnerable to predators."


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