Demand that Google's stalkerware policy also protect children

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Google is notorious for its infringements upon people's privacy.  Recently, Google has updated its developer program policy in relation to stalkerware apps to change what it claims to have been a typo.  Effective October 1st, 2020, Google's updated policy concerning stalkerware states (boldface added):

"Legitimate forms of [stalkerware] apps can be used by parents to track their children. However, these apps cannot be used to track a person (a spouse, for example) without their knowledge or permission unless a persistent notification is displayed while the data is being transmitted."  *

Are children not "persons"?  Do they not also have the right to privacy?  Note that the new policy does not even prevent parents from tracking their adult children, whose legal rights are already no different from their parents'. 

Yet regardless of their age or whether they have reached the age of majority, all people have the right to define their own boundaries and to protect themselves from those who may harm them.  If survivors of domestic abuse deserve protection of their privacy, then survivors of child abuse -- as well as any young person who simply does not need or want nosy parents intruding upon their physical and digital space -- do as well.  

Some may claim that parents' tracking of their children is justified by "parent rights."  Yet parenting is not a "right," but rather a responsibility one chooses to pursue.  A parent has the responsibility to help their child become a vibrant human being, not the right to violate their autonomy or their dignity.

Sign our petition, and demand that young people as well as children of all ages have their human rights and dignity respected.  

For more information on the rights of young people and why ageism against youth is a problem, check out NYRA's website.

*Previously, the policy stated that stalkerware apps cannot be used by parents to track their children, but that they can be used to track a "person," an unconventional statement that still makes an unjust and erroneous distinction between "children" and "persons."