BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : APRIL 5, 1999 ISSUE
SPECIAL REPORT

The Price of Privacy: Your Family


RISK
Are your children on the Net? Do you know who they chat with and what information they surrender when they answer surveys or make purchases? And what about school? Once they're in a database, report cards from kindergarten can follow your kids for life.

REMEDY
Stiff laws are being considered that would curb requests for personal data from children.

TRADE-OFF
Your child can survey the entire world on the Net. Be careful you don't erect walls just when you should be tearing them down.

THE MOTHER
Under pressure to cut costs, schools are building new databases, says Gayle Cloud. ''They snoop your credit and medical records--and now your kids. Where is it going to stop?''



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