EU to update online data protection and privacy

Posted on Jul 13th, 2016 by Katarina Pantic

According to Professor Sonia Livingstone children are consistently being overlooked or treated as vulnerable individuals by various internet governance decisions. Finally, the EU has agreed to update existing data protection legislation after four years of protracted discussions. 

The legislation itself, however, is a controversial issue. On one hand, it is a good thing. As Sonia Livingstone points out "social networking and other online companies that collect large amounts of personal data will have to appoint a data protection officer; they won’t be able to transfer personal data to third parties without explicit consent from the user when the data is being used for other purposes; and so on".

On the other hand, however, this legislation is expected to introduce new restrictions on online freedoms. These enhanced protections are expected to limit "children’s rights to communicate with peers, engage online with educational, health and other valuable resources, or participate in the online civic and public sphere". 

To read full text, questions Sonia raises or details on this new EU legislation, go to the original article "No more social networking for young teens?".