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The position of children and their rights under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law across the EU in May 2018, proposes introducing 16 as the minimum age at which a person can join an online service without the consent of their parents. In a post based on his open letter to the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Chair of the Article 29 Working […]

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    Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law throughout the EU on 25 May 2018. Recent consultations from the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have sought views on, among other aspects, the implications for children and their data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone explains some of the issues […]

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    Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply throughout the EU (including the UK) from 25 May 2018, contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone has been leading an effort by experts to explore the implications of the regulation and highlight issues that policy makers should address.

In the digital age, how […]

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    Children’s commercial media literacy: new evidence relevant to UK policy decisions regarding the GDPR

Children’s commercial media literacy: new evidence relevant to UK policy decisions regarding the GDPR

As for all EU member states, the UK has until May 2018 to incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into British law. Article 8 states that, unless member states decide otherwise, children under the age of 16 years old will require parental permission to use “information society services”, which refers to most online resources. Most provisions of the […]

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    The GDPR: Using evidence to unpack the implications for children online

The GDPR: Using evidence to unpack the implications for children online

The 2016 European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains several provisions highly relevant to children and young people. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, will discuss empirical evidence to explore issues around the application of the GDPR to children’s online activities.

Throughout this blog series, we have been decoding the implications of […]

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    The point about 16: implications of the GDPR for child grooming laws

The point about 16: implications of the GDPR for child grooming laws

The General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law across the EU in May 2018, proposes introducing 16 as the minimum age at which a person can join an online service without the consent of their parents. John Carr, member of the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, highlights the implications of the new regulation […]

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    Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

On 14 October 2016 a group of experts from various backgrounds joined a round table organised by LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University, in order to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children and young […]

Decoding the GDPR and its implications for UK children

On 14 October 2016 the Media Policy Project hosted a round-table meeting at the LSE to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children. Pascal Crowe, postgraduate student at the LSE, attended the meeting and produced a report detailing the discussion.

The GDPR, which comes into effect in 2018, will have far reaching implications on children’s use […]

Making the internet a safer (and better) place for children

The internet has quickly become a necessity rather than a luxury in children’s lives. Parents, educators and governments are struggling to keep up with the risks and opportunities it brings. Sonia Livingstone takes a critical look at the plans for an Internet Safety Strategy. She argues that digital literacy needs to be taught in a way that extends far beyond the […]

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    Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the […]