[IAEP] Gmail & other Google TOS

Yamandu Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 23:40:06 EDT 2011

I am unsure if at any moment we have been encouraging kids to have a 
google account.  I do recall there was a very useful Gmail Activity, 
which eventually was not part of Sugar anymore.  I apologize if this has 
been dicussed earlier.

Anyway, I just learned that Google appears to take as a serious breach 
of their TOS if an under-13 uses their services, to the point of 
deleting their data, etc.

So far it is probably mostly a don't ask don't tell kind of thing, but 
there are some pathetic horror stories around, of kids that had their 
stuff locked.  I wonder if something similar happens with blogger and such?

Should we warn our users?  When signing up for Google I do not recall 
having it ask my age, though I guess it was part of the TOS you're 
supposed to read and you agree to anyway... Maybe I did, but anyway, 
there you go.


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