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    Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their […]

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    Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Data and the algorithms that organise it are core to many services in the digitalised world. Jonny Shipp, Director of Public Affairs at Telefónica SA and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and Dr Ioanna Noula, researcher at the UCL Institute of Education and a Visiting Fellow at LSE, write here about the ethics of data science and how to […]

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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 EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will, among efforts to tackle how to best safeguard children’s data, require parental consent for young people under the age of 16 who use digital services such as social media. Jeff Chester, executive director of the US-based Center for Digital Democracy, played a lead role establishing COPPA, including spearheading its 2012 update by […]

When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

Rules around data collection are undergoing reform in the UK with the Digital Economy Bill and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law in May 2018. Here Joanna Adler, Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of Forensic Psychological Services at Middlesex University, writes about the growing ‘internet of things’ and implications for privacy and media literacy, […]

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    Could the European GDPR undermine the UK Investigatory Powers Act?

Could the European GDPR undermine the UK Investigatory Powers Act?

The Investigatory Powers Act, also widely known as the Snooper’s Charter, received Royal Assent on 29 November, 2016, and thus is now law. However, 2016 also saw the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being approved by the EU Parliament in April. Pascal Crowe, postgraduate student at the LSE, attended a recent conference organised by Alison Harcourt of the University […]

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    Risks and opportunities for young people online: a teenager’s perspective of the GDPR

Risks and opportunities for young people online: a teenager’s perspective of the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law across the European Union in May 2018. As we have seen, a range of provisions within the GDPR are of particular importance to children and teenagers and their rights to participation and protection, including the proposal that under 16 year-olds should require parental consent to register for social […]

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    Is parental consent the way forward, or is the GDPR the end of young people’s freedom to roam digitally?

Is parental consent the way forward, or is the GDPR the end of young people’s freedom to roam digitally?

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to become law in May 2018, contains several provisions highly relevant to children and young people. Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone, argues here that we need to consider the challenges posed to parents by proposals to require parental consent for children under 16 to use online services.

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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 […]