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Who watches the baby-sitter?


When you have children you worry about them. You want to protect them. So, that means you want security software that will try to child-proof the Internet. That’s not easy. Some say it’s an impossible job. But, still parents try their best with programs like Net Nanny and CyberPatrol. But, then there’s EchoMetrix, which uses its Sentry and FamilySafe child protection programs to, and I quote their tag-line, “When kids talk, we listen.”

And, you thought Big Brother was just a character in George Orwell’s 1984. Welcome to 2009, when, according to an AP news report by Deborah Yow. “Software sold under the Sentry and FamilySafe brands can read private chats conducted through Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other services, and send back data on what kids are saying about such things as movies, music or video games. The information is then offered to businesses seeking ways to tailor their marketing messages to kids.”

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