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Online Safety Report Brings Quality Attention to Child Protection

It was a surprise to many of us interested in children’s online safety when a consultation from Parliament’s Culture Media and Sport Committee was announced last autumn, so it is good now to discover that many organisations responded – including EU Kids Online. Even better to discover that a robust and clear report has now resulted in the form of […]

Legal & Illegal Porn: Don’t Leave Child Protection Only to Industry

The recent tragic killing of another child in the UK has reignited calls for blocking online pornography. In this context it is really important that a clear distinction is sustained between illegal content (i.e. child abuse images) and legal content (most pornography). For example, on 31 May a BBC headline referred to calls to “block more online porn sites”. This […]

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    Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

More children are going online, more frequently, via more devices and services, at ever-younger ages. The internet and accompanying technological developments offer huge opportunities for children, but they also pose risks to minors’ safety, wellbeing and rights. Despite new and revised legislation, a policy brief published today argues that the current European legislative framework is insufficient. Two of the […]

Privacy, data protection and the evolving capacity of the child: what the evidence tells us

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has just published a new report looking at how vast amounts of children’s data is collected, and calling on internet giants and other companies to be transparent about how they are capturing information about children and how it is being used. Sonia Livingstone, LSE Professor of Social Psychology, Mariya Stoilova, researcher […]

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    What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their […]

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    More clarity brings more confusion: debating what the European General Data Protection Regulation means for children in the UK

More clarity brings more confusion: debating what the European General Data Protection Regulation means for children in the UK

Professor Sonia Livingstone and LSE MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo reflect on the discussions surrounding the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it will mean for children.

 

For some policy areas, it seems that the closer you look, the more confusion results. So it seems with the General Data Protection Regulation, coming into force in May […]

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    Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Last week, the UK government announced its plans for a new Data Protection Bill that would give people “more control over their personal data” and enable them to be be “better protected in the digital age.” LSE’s Sonia Livingstone looks the implications of the Bill for child rights and highlights areas that might need more work. 

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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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    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 […]

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    What should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

What should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

As children use more online services, concern has been growing about the increasing amounts of data that they share with tech companies, as evidenced by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s efforts to create a code of practice that would outline age-appropriate design principles for online services likely to be accessed by children. Here, the LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri […]