New program for parents to monitor children's privacy online

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There is a new push to protect children's privacy online and a new tool to help.

A free pilot program, monitored by Privo and Verizon called The Minors Trust Framework, is in place to help.

The Framework is a collection of policies and online tools for parents that help provide more control over the online activities of their children.

Once a parent is registered, anytime a website or app is accessed that needs parental consent, the parent is notified.  The goal is to cut down on confusion and make it easier for parents to know who wants their child's information.

Funding for the Framework is made possible with a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Apps and websites that would like to participate in the program will have to pay.  Privo expects 1 million people to be enrolled in the program by 2014, with the goal of 10 million registered by the end of the pilot program in 2015.

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