We have become numb to data breaches, since they occur with increasing regularity. When we buy products online or setup social media accounts there is the expectation that sometimes things will go awry. Our kids though, have so far have been immune to having their personal information stolen, until now. VTech has reported that data belonging to some 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children was taken last week. This includes names, email addresses, passwords and home addresses of parents; as well as first names, genders and birthdays of children.
Vtech has confirmed that that customers affected in the breach live in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg, Latin America, Hong Kong, China, Australia and New Zealand.
The database that was stolen does not include payment information, credit card information, Social Security numbers or drivers license numbers.
I think the main problem with this situation is that the identity of your child; gender, date of birth, IP address, postal address and download history is going to be traded on the dark web.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.