Social Networking Sites Need to do More to Protect Minors

In support of Safer Internet Day which took place recently, the EC has highlighted some child safety policies that are lacking in social networking sites. An EC report was carried out investigating the implementation of safety policies by networking companies who signed the Safer Social Networking Principles last year.

Findings show that from 22 social networking sites assessed, only 11 sites make it impossible to find private profiles of minors through search engines. 40% of sites have the default option of making minor's information only visible to their friends. Whereas some safe approaches to privacy were pointed out, the EC states that a more systematic approach to protect privacy is definitely required. CEPIS supports the idea of ‘Safer Social Networking' for all.

Click here for the CEPIS LSI statement on Security and Data Privacy relating to Social Networks.

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