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Dr. Jennifer King, Privacy and Data Policy Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, has been appointed to the California Department of Justice’s working group on children’s data protection. 

The California Children’s Data Protection Working Group is tasked with submitting a biennial report to the state legislature, from July 2024 until 2030, that recommends best practices regarding children’s access to online services, products, and features. Working group members have expertise in children’s data privacy, children’s physical and mental health, computer science, and children’s rights. 

King has studied extensively how people interact with and understand technologies and their impacts on personal information privacy. Her work has examined dark patterns,  which are user interfaces designed to manipulate user decision-making, including on mobile apps directed at children. Her privacy expertise includes prior roles as Director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and as a researcher at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley Law.

“The breadth of King’s expertise, which includes digital health and well-being, in addition to expertise in children’s data privacy and computer science, will help ensure that the working group as a whole is balanced with respect to the factors outlined in the statute,” Jennifer M. Urban, chairperson of the California Privacy Protection Agency Board.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work with leading experts in California to help our state legislature understand the online risks specific to children and ensure we protect their rights,” said King.