Social Networks Not Protecting Minors’ Privacy Online


The European Commission recently completed another review of the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU, and tested nine more websites. This review forms part of the Digital Agenda for Europe initiative to increase trust and security online.

Of the nine reviewed websites, only two offered default settings allowing a minor’s personal profile to be accessible only to those individuals in their contact list. The review also showed that in some of the sites minors who had default settings applied to their profile could be sent friend requests by anyone; however a majority of the websites did provide age-appropriate safety information.

The results of this review will feed into the development of an initiative for the empowerment and protection of children in their use of new technologies, expected later this year.

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