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February 29, 2016updated 31 Aug 2016 12:27pm

Google launches Kiddle search engine for children

News: Kiddle uses Google cookies to serve search results.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has launched a new visual search engine for kids, dubbed Kiddle.

Kiddle is powered by Google custom search and uses the company’s cookies to serve search results.

The search engine uses Google colours, and instead of the traditional white background it has adopted an outer space theme featuring a robot.

Kiddle will work in a similar manner as Google but its search results will be largely filtered.

Google said sites appearing in Kiddle search results will comply with family friendly requirements, as sites with explicit or deceptive content will be filtered.

The search engine features big thumbnails with search results and large arial font for kids readability.

The company said it will not collect any personally identifiable data, and logs are deleted every 24 hours.

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The search engine may use some aggregate data such as number of visits and page views from server logs to assess the aggregate site statistics and performance.

Google said third party sites appearing in search results are not operated by Kiddle and have their own privacy policies.

In 2013, Google agreed to block child porn from its search results. The company’s new technology has enabled illegal searches to be blocked.

Last December, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing Google of tracking and mining school children’s personal data, including their Internet searches.

The advocacy group alleged that Google violated the Student Privacy Pledge to safeguard student privacy with respect to the collection, maintenance, and use of personal data. Google has however denied the allegations.

Earlier this month, Google also launched its TensorFlow Serving as open source, which intends to assist developers in taking their machine learning models into production.

The TensorFlow Serving system, which is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license, will enable developers to easily implement new algorithms and experiments.


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