Our Stance on Privacy

SoapBox Labs is proud to be an AI company with a data driven business that also respects the fundamental digital privacy rights of children. That might seem like a contradiction – speech technology that respects data privacy – especially when the media is full of stories about how smart assistants are “always listening”. The real […]

Our Evolving Edtech Market

Edtech is a $5 trillion business but most of what we thought we knew about this industry has changed because of Covid: The online tutoring and home education tools market, which was already exploding in Asia, has transformed overnight into a mainstream and global driver of growth across the edtech industry. Large and small edtech […]

5 Calls to Action to Protect Kids Voice Data Privacy

These are incredibly exciting times for the voice tech industry. However, against the backdrop of consumer sentiment, strict regulation and increased enforcement activities, important legal and technology-driven action is needed to make sure that voice technology does not threaten kids’ rights. Here are 5 calls to action for our voice industry: Deliver transparency on how […]

We Need to Talk About Kids Voice Data Privacy

Consumers – and some of our colleagues in voice industry – are only now waking up to the issues around kids and voice data. On Saturday, we published this guest post in Voicebot explaining why protecting kids’ voice data is so important. We lay out the background to legislation like GDPR and COPPA, and call […]

The Issue of Kids Using Adult Technology

“Every consumer-facing product and service is now a kids and family company” says Kate O’Loughlin of SuperAwesome. This message should be a wake up call for companies – and for parents – everywhere. Kids will have more screen time over the next few months than in their wildest dreams, but will their personally identifiable data […]

Privacy First. Period.

The UK’s new design code for protecting kids’ online privacy hits all the right notes: transparency, parental consent, data sharing and misuse, default privacy settings and age appropriate settings. And while the code itself is not legally binding, it’s backed up by data protection laws that can be enforced through fines and trade sanctions. COO […]

Protecting Kids Online – FTC review of the COPPA Rule

A blog post by our COO, Martyn Farrows, on this week’s FTC workshop on COPPA. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US hosted a public workshop to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). The COPPA Rule, which was originally enacted in 1998, imposes requirements on operators […]

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