Search giant Google has plans to hand out Google Accounts to children below 13, giving them access to Gmail, YouTube, and other services.
The move would give children complete freedom to browse the internet, and enable Google to penetrate the profitable education market.
Google plans to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which decrees that parents' consent must be sought before data on their children can be stored or utilized by internet companies.
The news is already facing criticism from privacy advocates. "Unless Google does this right, it will threaten the privacy of millions of children and deny parents the ability to make meaningful decisions about who can collect information on their kids," said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.