A data breach at TeenSafe, a service which allows parents to monitor their children’s texts, phone calls, location, and web history, has exposed the data of thousands of teenagers and their parents.
According to TechCrunch, “TeenSafe left two of their servers, which were hosted on AWS [Amazon Web Services], exposed and viewable by anyone.”
At least 10,200 records have been exposed, including email addresses, device names, and even unencrypted passwords.
“TeenSafe requires that teenagers abstain from using two-factor authentication so that parents can keep an eye on their activity, making those teenagers even more vulnerable to malicious actors now that their personal information has been exposed,” TechCrunch explained, adding, “TeenSafe says it has more than 1 million parents using the platform.”
In a statement, a spokesman claimed, “We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted.”
The service, which even allows parents to view their children’s deleted text messages and track them in real-time, has previously been praised by Rosie O’Donnell.
“I use TeenSafe. As a parent of five, this is what I’m doing and it’s working,” O’Donnell declared, according to TeenSafe’s website.